Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, died on August 9 at Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire, England, after developing a sudden illness at his home, Abbeystead Estate. He was 64.
Close family members attended a private funeral service in the days after his death.
The late Duke was Britain’s wealthiest landowner and a friend to the royal family.
He served in the British Army for nearly 40 years, eventually obtaining the rank of Major General. He is survived by his wife, Natalia, their four children, Tamara, Edwina, Hugh and Viola, as well as four grandchildren.
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Throughout his life, he was close to several members of the royal family, including Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince William and Princess Kate. His wife, Natalia, is one of Prince William’s godparents.
His only son, 24-year-old Hugh Grosvenor — who is also one of Prince George’s godparents — inherited his title, as well as the bulk of his father’s wealth, and is now the 7th Duke of Westminster.