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Britain’s most eligible bachelor, the Duke of Westminster, is getting married – and it’s like a modern “Bridgerton”!

Britain’s most eligible bachelor, the Duke of Westminster, is getting married – and it’s like a modern “Bridgerton”!

Lady Whistledown would have a lot to say about the high society wedding of the year

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The Duke of Westminster speaks at the official handover of the National Defense and Rehabilitation Center at Stanford Hall in Nottinghamshire on June 21, 2018. –/https://media.zenfs.com/en/people_218/5eec1d2f620ad69ea52fcfe7015c03d8″/>OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images

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The Duke of Westminster speaks at the official handover of the Defense and National Rehabilitation Center at Stanford Hall in Nottinghamshire, 21 June 2018.

  • Hugh Grosvenor, the 7th Duke of Westminster, is getting married this week, and summer nuptials could look like something out of a fairy tale. Bridgerton stage

  • Prince William will be a charioteer at the wedding ceremony of his friend, who is Prince George’s godfather

  • PEOPLE confirms that Prince Harry will not be attending the June 7 event

Dearest gentle reader, the Duke of Westminster has found his diamond, and the wedding of the year in Britain is almost here!

Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, who is one of Britain’s most eligible bachelors and richest men, will marry Olivia Henson at Chester Cathedral in northern England on June 7, and the royal connections come straight from Bridgerton roar.

The Duke of Westminster, 33, and Olivia, 31, announced their engagement in April 2023 after two years of dating, and the groom invited Prince William to act as an usher at the service at the Gothic cathedral near his family’s 3,000-acre estate, Eaton Hall, where he proposed.

On the big day, Olivia will become the new Duchess of Westminster Times described as “the most royal non-royal wedding of the year,” and with good reason. The 7th Duke of Westminster was long considered one of Britain’s most eligible bachelors before he got engaged, and his family’s estimated fortune of $12.8 billion makes him Britain’s richest person under 40 and the 14th richest overall – according to data The Sunday Times Rich list 2024.

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Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster, and his mother Natalia during the consecration service at Bramham Park on September 22, 2018 in Leeds, England.” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/e5OktcTmumYGN7iPKlRZLQ –/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MQ–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/people_218/ac3f881fb89f9acb4ae0835533a020b0″/>Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster, and his mother Natalia during the consecration service at Bramham Park on September 22, 2018 in Leeds, England.” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/e5OktcTmumYGN7iPKlRZLQ –/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MQ–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/people_218/ac3f881fb89f9acb4ae0835533a020b0″ class=”caas-img”/>

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Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster, and his mother Natalia during the consecration service at Bramham Park on September 22, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Related: Prince Harry Refused Invitation to Duke of Westminster’s Wedding: ‘An Agreement Between Two Friends’ (Exclusive)

Hugh chairs the Grosvenor Trustees and the charitable Westminster Foundation, and his family’s property portfolio includes 300 acres in London’s Mayfair and Belgravia, as well as buildings in over 40 cities around the world.

In addition to his business and philanthropic interests at the Westminster Foundation (a grant-making organization dedicated to helping vulnerable young people in Westminster and Chester, where his family roots run deep), Hugh has a classy hobby: clay pigeon shooting! The Duke of Westminster represented Team GB at Olympic competitions abroad and across the UK

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Hugh Grosvenor (second from left) and Prince William (right) during the official handover of the Defense and National Rehabilitation Center on the Stanford Hall estate in Nottinghamshire on June 21, 2018.” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/ api/res/1.2/4N2XsLb4Ju48Omsu54wASw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MQ–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/people_218/b41ce160ec201251154eebf2fbc68937″/>OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images

Hugh Grosvenor (second from left) and Prince William (right) during the official handover of the Defense and National Rehabilitation Center on the Stanford Hall estate in Nottinghamshire on June 21, 2018.” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/ api/res/1.2/4N2XsLb4Ju48Omsu54wASw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MQ–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/people_218/b41ce160ec201251154eebf2fbc68937″ class=”caas-img “/>

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Hugh Grosvenor (second from left) and Prince William (right) during the official handover of the National Defense and Rehabilitation Center on the Stanford Hall estate in Nottinghamshire, June 21, 2018.

The Duke of Westminster inherited the title at the age of 25 when his father, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, died in 2016 at the age of 64, and the memorial service was attended by many members of the royal family. The Grosvenor family’s ties to the British royal family go back generations, and the groom’s mother, Natalia, is the godmother of 41-year-old Prince William.

The Prince of Wales and Prince Harry also officiated at the wedding of Hugh’s sister, Lady Tamara, to Edward van Cuts in 2004, and Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip also attended the ceremony at Chester Cathedral.

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Prine William, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and Prince Philip attend the wedding of Lady Tamara Grosvenor and Edward van Cutsem at Chester Cathedral on November 6, 2004 in Chester, England.” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny /api/res/1.2/FVgwqox3PdCQVfogT3myNA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MQ–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/people_218/aa07b5fe6f911c3b156f3c123c6bf7a9″/>Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Prine William, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and Prince Philip attend the wedding of Lady Tamara Grosvenor and Edward van Cutsem at Chester Cathedral on November 6, 2004 in Chester, England.” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny /api/res/1.2/FVgwqox3PdCQVfogT3myNA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MQ–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/people_218/aa07b5fe6f911c3b156f3c123c6bf7a9″ class=”caas-im g”/>

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Prine William, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and Prince Philip attend the wedding of Lady Tamara Grosvenor and Edward van Cutsem at Chester Cathedral on November 6, 2004 in Chester, England.

Related: Prince William will take on a special role at godfather Prince George’s wedding

Hugh is also King Charles’ godson and godfather to both 10-year-old Prince George and 5-year-old Prince Archie. The Duke of Westminster is understood to remain close to both Prince William and Prince Harry despite the rift between the royal brothers, and PEOPLE confirms that the Duke of Sussex, 39, has declined an invitation to the summer nuptials.

Both sides admitted that it would be difficult for Harry to attend the meeting because he has been living with Meghan Markle in California since 2020 and no longer uses his former home in Frogmore Cottage during his stays in the UK.

As one source described the conversation, Prince Harry’s decision not to attend the wedding was “an agreement between two friends.” A source close to the couple tells PEOPLE that Prince Harry and the Duke of Westminster mutually agreed to the decision.

According to PEOPLE’s source, the Duke of Sussex is sending the couple “his love, support and admiration” on their wedding day.

DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Prince Harry arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on March 28, 2023.

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A month before their wedding, Hugh and Olivia visited Chester Cathedral to highlight some of the causes the Westminster Foundation works with across the city.

A local business group also revealed on May 30 that the couple had paid for a traditional display of 100,000 flowers that would be planted across the city in the coming weeks as part of the wedding celebrations.

“Flower displays are a wonderful addition to the bustling city each summer, ensuring that the city center is awash with the color of locally grown flowers. While the Summer Flowers project is typically funded by the Chester BID (Business Improvement District), the Duke of Westminster and Miss Olivia Henson sponsored this year’s displays as part of local celebrations of their wedding, which took place at the Cathedral on June 7,” a spokesman for the couple said in a statement.

“They are very grateful for all the support and kind wishes they received from people and organizations ahead of their wedding,” the spokesman said.

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