Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Royal Profile: Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster

Gerald Grosvenor, The 6th Duke of Westminster was born 22 December 1951 as the son of  Robert George Grosvenor, 5th Duke of Westminster and The Hon. Viola Maud Lyttelton. He had the following two sisters, siblings-in-laws and nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews:
  1. The Lady Leonora Mary Anson, The Countess of Lichfield (1949)
    1. Thomas Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield (m. 1975, div 1986)
      1. Lady Rose Meriel Margaret Anson (1976)
      2. Thomas Anson, 6th Earl of Lichfield (1978)
        1.  Lady Henrietta Conyngham, The Countess of Lichfield (m. 2009)
          1. Thomas Ossian Patrick Wolfe Anson, Viscount Anson (2011)
            1. The Hon. Finnian Anson (2014)
      3. Lady Eloise Anne Elizabeth Anson (1981)
        1.  Louis Alexander Philip Waymouth
  2. Lady Jane Dawnay (1953)
    1. Guy David Innes-Ker, 10th Duke of Roxburghe (m. 1977, div. 1990)
      1. Lady Rosanagh Viola Alexandra Innes-Ker (1979) 
        1. James Walter Grimston, Viscount Grimston(m. 2008) 
          1. The Hon. John Innes Archie Grimston (2010)
          2. The Hon. Guy Robert Grimston (2011)
          3. The Hon. Violet Mary Grimston (2014)
      2. Charles Robert George Innes-Ker, Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford (1981) 
        1. The Hon. Charlotte Aitken (m. 2011, div 2012)
      3. Lord Edward "Ted" Arthur Gerald Innes-Ker (1984)
    2. Edward William Dawnay (1950, m. 1996)

The Duke of Westminster was educated at Harrow School and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. In 2005, he became Chancellor of the University of Chester.

From the time of his father's death in 1979 until his own death in 2016, he served as Chairman of the Trustees of the Grosvenor Estate{Source}. The Duke supported charities and other institutions, which have included{Source}:
  1. The Prince’s Council of the Duchy of Cornwall (Member)
  2. Chancellor of the University of Keele
  3. Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University
  4. Chancellor of the University of Chester
  5. Chairman of the Nuffield Trust for the Armed Forces 
  6. Chairman of the  the Westminster Foundation

The Duke is a countryman and enjoys country sports. He takes an interest in rural issues through organisations such as the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Atlantic Salmon Trust.

Upon graduation, he joined the military as a trooper in 1970{Source}. He commanded his own regiment, the Queen's Own Yeomanry in the 1990s {Source}. He was appointed as a Major General in 2003, and Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff for Reserves adn Cadets in the Ministry of Defence{Source}. Prior to his retirement in September 2012, he was Deputy Commander Land Forces{Source}.

From 2009 until his death, he pursued an initiative to create a Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre for Armed Forces {Source}. 

Gerald Grosvenor leaves behind his wife of nearly 38 years, Natalia, The Duchess of Westminster and the following children, children-in-law and grandchildren:
  1. Lady Tamara Katherine van Cutsem (1979)
    1. Edward Bernard Charles van Cutsem (m. 2004)
      1. Jake Louis Hannibal van Cutsem (2009) 
      2. Louis Hugh Lupus van Cutsem (2012)
  2. Lady Edwina Louise Grosvenor (1981)
    1. Daniel Robert Snow(m. 2010)
      1. Zia Snow (2011)
      2. Wolf Robert Snow (2014)
  3. Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor (1991)
  4. Lady Viola Georgina Grosvenor (1992)
A Private funeral was held for close relatives on 12 August 2016, with plans for a memorial later in the year. At the memorial I expect to see many British Royals, especially The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales at the very least {Source}

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