Duke of Westminster: Knight, Military, Royals, Prostitutes, Godfathers & Fraud

Duke of Westminster: Knight, Military, Royals, Prostitutes, Godfathers & Fraud

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Britain’s
third richest man The Duke of Westminster dies of a heart attack aged
64 – leaving his £9billion fortune to his 25-year-old son 
  10 Aug 2016

  • Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, the 6th Duke, was the third richest Briton – worth an estimated £9 billion
  • He has suddenly died aged 64 at the Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire on Tuesday night
  • It is understood the father-of-four had a heart attack at his shooting estate 
  • His son, Hugh Grosvenor, who is Prince George’s godfather will inherit the entire estate at the age of just 25 

The Duke of Westminster – the 3rd richest Briton – died suddenly last night at the age of 64. It
is understood the father-of-four, worth an estimated £9 billion, had a
heart attack at Abbeystead House in Lancashire, his grouse shooting
estate.

Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, the 6th
Duke, is the richest property developer in the UK, whose vast wealth
comes from estates in Oxford, Cheshire, and Scotland as well as huge
swathes of Mayfair and Belgravia.
His
tragic death means that his son Hugh will now inherit the entire
estate, including the family seat in Cheshire, Eaton Hall, at the age of
just 25.

The Duke of Westminster (pictured with the Queen in November 2004) became suddenly ill at Abbeystead House in Lancashire, his grouse shooting estate, on Tuesday and later died aged 64 at Royal Preston Hospital, also located in Lancashire
The Duke of Westminster (pictured with the Queen in November 2004) became suddenly ill at Abbeystead House in
Lancashire, his grouse shooting estate, on Tuesday and later died aged
64 at Royal Preston Hospital, also located in Lancashire. Gerald
Cavendish Grosvenor, the 6th Duke,  was described by friends as a shy
man who was ‘rich but not grand’ and very much a product of his
upbringing in rural Ireland.
The Duke's death means that his son Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor (left, pictured with his mother, Natalia at a wedding in June 2013)  will now inherit the entire estate at the age of just 25 

{Above}The
Duke’s death means that his son Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor (left,
pictured with his mother, Natalia at a wedding in June 2013)  will now
inherit the entire estate at the age of just 25 
{Below} The Duke And Duchess Of Westminster with their newborn son, Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, in 1991

The Duke And Duchess Of Westminster with their newborn son, Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, in 1991

HOW THE DUKE’S £8M CESSNA WAS THE ROYALS’ PRIVATE JET OF CHOICE

The Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge regularly borrowed the Duke of Westminster’s £8million Cessna
jet for their private trips and holidays, including a visit to France
last month.

Kate and William were also said
to have used the aircraft, which would cost £12,000-a-day to hire, in
March, when they took their children to the pretty village of Courchevel
in the French Alps on their first family holiday. 

At the time, royal officials
declined to comment on whether the family took a commercial flight or a
private plane – although the timings and the fact that they weren’t
spotted at an airport suggested that they may well have taken a private
jet.

Prince George also flew on the
plane when he was just a few weeks old, travelling up to Scotland to
visit his great-grandfather, Prince Philip.

The couple also used it to fly to Balmoral last summer to see the Queen on her annual temporary residence.

A spokesman for the family said tonight:
“It is with the greatest sadness that we can confirm that the Duke of
Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor (64) died this afternoon at
Royal Preston Hospital.
He was taken there from the Abbeystead Estate in Lancashire where he had suddenly been taken ill. His family are all aware and they ask for privacy and understanding at this very difficult time.” Read in full Daily Mail

Wiki 

Major-General Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, KG, CB, CVO, OBE, TD, CD, DL (22 December 1951 – 9 August 2016) was a British landowner, businessman, philanthropist and Territorial Army general. He was the son of Robert George Grosvenor, 5th Duke of Westminster and The Hon. Viola Maud Lyttelton. He was Chairman of the property company Grosvenor Group.[1]

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

Via Grosvenor Estates, the Duke was the
richest property developer in the United Kingdom and one of the
country’s largest landowners, with vast estates in Oxford, Cheshire and
Scotland, as well as large areas of Mayfair and Belgravia in Central London, Liverpool City Centre, and elsewhere in Europe. According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2016,
the Duke was worth £9.35 billion (c. US$13 billion), placing him sixth
in the list and making him the third-richest British national.

In 2011, having already funded a feasibility study, the Duke purchased the estate at Stanford Hall, Nottinghamshire to
make possible the creation of a Defence and National Rehabilitation
Centre (DNRC) to provide the highest quality support for military
casualties.[2] It is intended that the new facilities which are under construction for completion in 2018 will replace those at Headley Court.[3] [4] The Duke remained actively involved in the project until his death.[5]

The title Duke of Westminster was created by Queen Victoria in 1874 and bestowed upon Hugh Grosvenor, 3rd Marquess of Westminster. The present holder of the title is Hugh Grosvenor, having inherited the title on 9 August 2016 following the death of his father, Gerald.

The present Duke (Hugh) is also a godfather of Prince George

Prince George’s godparents announced

{The recently deceased Duke (Gerald) is Prince William’s Godfather & was Trustee of Diana’s will. Source}

6.2 Honours  (WOW check these!!)

England 20 February 1979 Baronet, 15th baronet, of Eaton (cr. 1621)

Decorations

Medals

Foreign dynastic orders

Appointments

Honorary military appointments

I didn’t realise ANYONE could be SO WONDERFUL.. The man was a hero…. ALLEGEDLY!


Richest man in England may have been Client No. 6

The richest man in Great Britain was a customer of the same high-end prostitution service patronized by Gov. Spitzer.

The Duke of Westminster, listed as the
world’s 46th richest person by Forbes magazine, hired four hookers over a
six-week stretch in late 2006 and early last year, the News of the
World reported last year.

Despite his incredible wealth,
multi-billionaire Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor haggled with one of the
Emperors Club girls for the cost of their date, according to the report.

Prostitute Zana Brazdek, then 26, described the 56-year-old Grosvenor as dull and demanding. “I
thought his conversation was quite boring,” the Lithuanian woman told
the newspaper. “He talked about the Army, going to Afghanistan and bin
Laden. And he wanted unprotected sex. I refused.”

The court documents that took down
Spitzer and identified the disgraced governor at “Client 9” also
included information on nine other men who hired hookers from the sex
ring.

The documents did not name any of the
men, but the papers noted that “Client 6” enjoyed a romp with a hooker
named “Astrid” in London. “Client 6” then called the Emperors Club to
inquire about another girl for a follow-up session, the papers said.

The British reports about Grosvenor said
the duke’s prostitutes were young enough to be his daughters. They also
had an international flair: In addition to the pair from the former
Soviet Union, Grosvenor entertained an Asian woman in knee-high boots
and a Brazilian.

The hookers included a Russian who went
by the name of Stella. She told reporters that her clients preferred
whips and stiletto heels.
“At six o’clock,” she said in a thick Russian accent, “I stop to be a good girl.”

Like Spitzer, Grosvenor is
married – and he has four children with wife Natalia. The duke had close
ties to the royal family and is one of Prince Charles’ best friends.
Grosvenor also is Prince William’s godfather.

The duke was an official in the ministry
of defense, overseeing Britain’s reservists – including thousands who
served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He recently stepped down from that position due to the scandal and subsequent media attention. “Reckless, boastful, stupid, weak – such lacerating words hardly exaggerate the case against the duke,” wrote the Daily Mail. SOURCE

From
a dowry of swamp land to a multi-BILLION pound property portfolio: How
Duke of Westminster’s family business started with a 17th century
marriage and turned 300 acres of bog into an empire 

Aug 11th 2016

  • The multi-billion pound business owned by the Grosvenors started 338 years ago in 1677
  • The 6th Duke of Westminster’s ancestor Sir Thomas Grosvenor married heiress Mary Davies
  • She had just inherited manor in Middlesex and 500 acres of swamp, pasture and orchards
  • Talented family then went on to to develop luxurious London areas of Mayfair and Belgravia
This
week the new Duke of Westminster inherited a multi-billion pound
property portfolio – which began with his ancestor Sir Thomas Grosvenor
acquiring 500 acres of swamp, pasture and orchards in the 1670s.
The
expansive business owned by the Grosvenor family started 338 years ago
when Sir Thomas, an ancestor of the late 6th Duke of Westminster,
married a wealthy heiress.
In
1677, Sir Thomas wed Mary Davies who had just inherited a medieval
manor in Middlesex – now part of London – and 500 acres of swamp,
pasture and orchards to the west of the capital.
The land that she received remained relatively untouched until the Grosvenor family began developing the area in 1720.
The 500 acres of swamp, pasture and orchards which fell into the hands of Sir Thomas Grosvenor in the 1670s did not promise much. But three centuries later is still forms part of an extraordinary multi-billion pound property portfolio
The
500 acres of swamp, pasture and orchards which fell into the hands of
Sir Thomas Grosvenor in the 1670s did not promise much. But three
centuries later is still forms part of an extraordinary multi-billion
pound property portfolio
Sir Thomas Grosvenor
Sir Thomas Grosvenor
Mary Davies had just inherited a medieval manor in Middlesex - now part of London
Mary Davies had just inherited a medieval manor in Middlesex – now part of London
The Grosvenor family's first development was in Mayfair, central London, in the early 18th century (Grosvenor Square, pictured) 
The Grosvenor family’s first development was in Mayfair, central London, in the early 18th century (Grosvenor Square, pictured) 
From the archive: A map of the Grosvenor Estate as it was in the year 1723. Hyde Park can be seen in the top right
From the archive: A map of the Grosvenor Estate as it was in the year 1723. Hyde Park can be seen in the top right
The family then went on to develop an area one mile south west of Mayfair, now known as Belgravia (pictured) 
The family then went on to develop an area one mile south west of Mayfair, now known as Belgravia (pictured) 
Around 300 acres of the original land which Miss Davies inherited before she met her husband remain with the family today.
It
forms the Grosvenor’s London estate which contributed to Gerald
Grosvenor’s £9billion fortune – which his only son Hugh, 25, has just
inherited. READ IN FULL DAILYMAIL

Duke of Westminster Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor Visits BIC  08 : 25 PM – 15/05/2011

Manama-May15(BNA) Duke of Westminster
Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor has today visited Bahrain International
Circuit, where he met Economic Development Board Chief Executive Officer
Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al-Khalifa, BIC CEO Shaikh Salman bin Isa
Al-Khalifa and Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company CEO Talal Al-Zain.
Duke of Westminster Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor stressed the importance
of the BIC landmark sport facility in hosting the Formula One races,
wishing organising officials luck in hosting the Grand Prix. Shaikh
Mohammed briefed Duke of Westminster Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor on
previous F1 races and the string of successes achieved to date. He also
reaffirmed Bahrain’s firm interest in this global interest.

A H N   BNA 1719 GMT 2011/05/15   SOURCE


Gerald
Duke of Westminster Estate Trustee Lord Home “Criminal Prosecution
Files” *** GERALD DUKE OF WESTMINSTER TRUST * EATON SQUARE BELGRAVIA
PENTHOUSE

WATCH Duke of Westminster ENTRAPMENT VOICE TRANSCRIPTS FARRER & CO Queen’s Banker Lord Waldegrave Exposé


knkn.JPGProgramme no longer viewable here bbc.co.uk/programmes but can be viewed here The Money Farmers (2012) 

Samantha Poling reveals how millions of
pounds of public money are being paid out to businessmen and millionaire
farmers in an abuse of the farming subsidy system. Investors tell us
how they have been paid without having to do any farming at all. And
Samantha also sets out to see if she can take advantage of the subsidy
system and become rich from the loophole.

The programme also examines the rest of the subsidy system and hears criticism of large payments to wealthy individuals like the Queen and the Duke of Westminster simply on the basis of owning large amounts of land.

Rich landowners paid millions in farming subsidies

Six-figure subsidies meant to help struggling farmers are being paid out to some of Britain’s richest landowners, BBC Panorama has found.

Recipients of the EU subsidy include the Queen and the Duke of Westminster.

The programme requested details of the number of landowners claiming a slice of the £3.5bn subsidy in the UK.

The EU’s Agriculture Commissioner has
called for a cap of about £250,000 for each farmer and measures to
ensure that they are actively farming their land.

Privacy rules mean that the names of
most recipients are not known, but anonymised details were given showing
how many landowners across the UK received more than the cap proposed
by Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos. read in full
 SOURCE

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Prince William’s Godfather Sells Mansion for £450K  

Duke of Westminster sells 15 bedroom
Highland mansion for £450,000: Stunning lochside property once the
social playground of Charles and Diana, Coco Chanel and Churchill

  • Lochmore Lodge belongs to Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster – who wanted to demolish it
  • The Duke is Britain’s richest landowner and godfather to Prince William and was trustee of Diana’s will
  • Host of high profile figures have used lodge – including Prince Charles, Winston Churchill, and Neville Chamberlain,
  • Queen, Prince Philip and Princess Anne also visited as guests. It is believed Coco Chanel also visited for a party

A Highland mansion belonging to one of Britai's richest men - and used by Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales - is being sold at a knockdown £450,000A
Highland mansion belonging to one of Britain’s richest men – and once
used by Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales – is being sold at a
knockdown £450,000.

The 15 bedroom Lochmore Lodge, in Sutherland, belongs to Gerald Grosvenor, the 6th Duke of Westminster.

The Duke – Britain’s richest landowner
and godfather to Prince William – had wanted to demolish the run down
pile, one of his least used but most historic properties, and return the
site to grassland.

But after a dramatic intervention by
conservation agency, Historic Scotland, the bulldozers have been halted,
and the property put on the market at a bargain price.
Read in full dailymail


Britain’s richest man, the Duke of Westminster, spent almost £40,000 hiring comic Michael McIntyre to appear as a surprise guest at his son’s lavish 21st birthday party last

night.

Former Britain’s Got Talent judge McIntyre performed a 40-minute routine for the Duke’s son, Hugh, and more than 200 family and friends, including Prince Harry.

Both the Duke and his son are said to be huge fans of McIntyre, 35, who will have earned £1,000 a minute for his brief appearance. SOURCE


Duke of Westminster donates country house for use as new rehab centre for wounded troops 

  • £300m renovation due to be complete in 2018
  • Estate is four times the size of Britain’s main centre for injured soldiers, Headley Court
Britain’s wealthiest landowner, the Duke of Westminster, is to donate a country pile to the nation that will become a treatment centre for wounded soldiers and civilians.

Grade II-listed Stanford Hall, in
Leicestershire, is to get a £300million conversion that will see it
become Britain’s largest rehabilitation complex, according to the Sunday
Times.

The 35-bedroom estate, which changed
hands for £6.25m in 2007, has 354 acres, making it four times the size
of the army’s main centre for war wounded, Headley Court, in Surrey,
Read in Full dailymail

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  • Hugh Grosvenor, 25, is set to inherit his father Gerald’s £9billion estate as the 7th Duke of Westminster 
  • Became a billionaire overnight after his father, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, died on Tuesday aged 64
  • The former Newcastle University student was asked to be Prince George’s godfather in 2013
  • Because of primogeniture Hugh
    will receive the title, house, lands and largest share of the family
    fortune, while his three sisters, Tamara, 36, Edwina, 34, and Viola, 23,
    are set to inherit considerable trust funds
The
25-year-old son of the late Duke of Westminster is likely to become one
of Britain’s most eligible bachelors after inheriting his father’s
entire £9billion estate – despite having two older sisters.
Hugh Richard
Louis Grosvenor, who was asked to be Prince George’s godfather by Prince
William in 2013, will also receive the family seat in Cheshire, Eaton
Hall following the death of his father.  
This is
because of primogeniture – which the Normans introduced to common law in
Britain in 1066 – which puts male children ahead of female children,
irrespective of age. 
So
although Hugh is the third of his father’s four children, he will
inherit the Duke of Westminster’s title and his entire £9billion
estate. 
His three sisters, Tamara, 36, Edwina, 34, and Viola, 23, are set to inherit considerable trust funds. Read in full dailymail

screenshot_20160810-192812.jpgEdwina Grosvenor: the lady who can’t leave jail

Born
into almost unimaginable wealth and privilege, Lady Edwina Grosvenor is
not someone you might expect to bump into on a prison landing. But over
the past 12 years, the second daughter of Britain’s richest landowner (the Duke of Westminster,
7th on Britain’s Rich List with a fortune of around £7.3bn) has been
quietly establishing a role for herself as a discreet but potent
champion of prison reform.

Her work, which began when she spent
part of her gap year working in Kathmandu Central prison in Nepal when
she was 18, has taken her into more than 50 prisons in the UK and
abroad.

Aged 22, she commissioned research into
the multiple needs of ex-offenders. Since then she has sat in on
prisoner adjudications, been involved in restorative justice sessions
and spent a year as a support worker in the notorious Styal women’s
prison in Cheshire.

As impressive as her prison-related activities are however, the big question for me is: why?

We meet for lunch in the Clink restaurant, the fine dining eatery at High Down prison in
Surrey, which provides high-level catering training for prisoners.
Grosvenor is a trustee of the Clink charity and has invested several
hundred thousand pounds in the start up costs. This month saw the launch
of another Clink restaurant, in HMP Cardiff,
which unlike the Clink in High Down is open to the public. If all goes
to plan, the concept will be rolled out in up to a dozen prisons across
the country.
 

I ask her, does she know who Lady
Bountiful is? Her blue eyes flash defensively and then she lets out a
little laugh. “Yeah,” she says. So is she Lady Bountiful?

“That depends on people’s views,
really. My view is that I cannot escape the fact that I am a wealthy
person and the daughter of a duke and duchess, because I am, and I’m not
apologetic about that. You can be embarrassed about it or you can
forget about it or you can be proud of it and I’ve done all those
things. I’m now 30 and I feel more at peace with myself and I’m more
confident about what I’m doing. At the end of the day I think people
should be judged on what they do and how they do it.”

And why they do it? “Yes, and why they do it.” So why does she do it, this prison reform thing? “From a young age closed institutions fascinated me and things I didn’t know about I wanted to know about.”

She recounts her father taking her in
her early teens to a drug rehabilitation centre in Liverpool where she
met recovering addicts. Later her mother took her to a charity
supporting troubled families. “It was something darker than I was used to,” she says. “I
remember feeling quite outraged that nobody at school had taught me
anything about this other way of life. I wanted to know more.” 

Edwina Grosvenor aged two with her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Westminster, and her older sister Tamara.

School
was Mostyn House, a modest, now defunct independent co-ed school in the
Wirral. Her father went to Harrow, “and hated it”, she says. Read in
full 
TheGuardian

Tamara Katherine Grosvenor 

Tamara Katherine Grosvenor – This house will exist

I have done this site especially for Tamara Katherine Grosvenor
in order to visit thishousewillexist.org

Sorry for poor translation.

Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor Major-General, 6th Duke of
Westminster, (born 22 December 1951 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern
Ireland), is the son of Robert George Grosvenor, 5th Duke of Westminster
and his wife Hon. Viola Maud Lyttelton. In 2005 he became Chancellor of the University of Chester. He was educated at Harrow School and Sandhurst.

TamaraThe
richest aristocrat in the United Kingdom, the Duke completed list of
wealthiest Sunday Times as The Great Bretagne’l’individu s richest for
many years and was only surpassed in 2004 by billionaire Jew
-Russian Roman Abramovich. Duke
was third in the Sunday Times rich list 2008, behind Roman Abramovich
and Indian-born industrialist, Lakshmi Mittal, who currently holds the
first place.
An estimated fortune of £ 7 billion
($ 14 billion) are derived largely from property in central London,
where he owns approximately 300 acres (1.2 km ²) of the most exclusive
shopping and residential property in Mayfair and Belgravia (land there
which
included the U.S. Embassy stands, in Grosvenor Square), as well as
areas in Lancashire, Cheshire (Eaton Hall) and Scotland.
In
addition to controlling its possessions traditional real estate company
of the Duke of Grosvenor Group, is an active real estate developer with
interests around the world.
It is the principal director of The Paradise Project in Liverpool.
The Duke is also President of a number of charities including the establishment of environmental science. .

Katherine GrosvenorMilitary Career

After leaving Harrow school with a single O-level,
Duke has failed the entrance examination to the Royal Military Academy
at Sandhurst.
Duke joined the Territorial Army in 1970 as a trooper.

Later in 1973 the duke occupied by Sandhurst and later
ordered (Cheshire Yeomanry) Squadron, founded by his ancestors, and The
Queen’s own Yeomanry.
He was also appointed honorary colonel of several regiments, including the 7th Regiment. Army
Air Corps, Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry The Queen’s own
Yeomanry, corps officer training universities of Northumbria, Colonel in
Chief of the Canadian Royal Westminster Regiment and Colonel Commandant
Yeomanry on.

Tamara Katherine Grosvenor

In 2004 he was appointed to the new post of Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (reservations and Cadets) with promotion to the rank of Major General. It
was the first reservist holding such rank since the 30s, but he said he
“did in private that he would never bantered achieved such seniority
but for his wealth and social status.”

In March 2007, after serving in the Ministry of
Defence for four years he handed the responsibility of 50,000 reservists
and 138,000 cadets commander Gen Simon Lalor.
The Duke is now engaged in the review of reservation in the same rank.

Personal life

As a child the Duke lived on a Isalnd the middle of Loch Erne. His early education was in Ulster and went to Sunningdale School and then the harrow.

The duke married Natalia Ayesha Phillips, daughter of Lieutenant. – Column Harold Pedro Joseph Phillips and his wife Georgina Wernher in 1978. The Duchess is a direct descendant of the Russian poet Alexander S. Pushkin, and therefore his ancestor Ibrahim Hannibal. The older sister of the Duchess is Alexandra Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn, wife of James Hamilton, 5th Duke of Abercorn.

* Ms. Tamara Katherine Grosvenor (B. December 20, 1979) married Edward Bernard Charles van Cutsem (November 6, 2004)
* Lady Edwina Louise Grosvenor (B. November 3, 1981)
* Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor (B. January 29, 1991), the heir apparent of the Duke.
* Mrs. Viola Georgina Grosvenor (B. October 12, 1992)

Flea market of Saint-Ouen

Duke’s company, Grosvenor Continental Europe, has
bought up-market Serpette and Paul-Bert sections of 120 years old
Saint-Ouen market, just north of 18th arrondissement in Paris in 2005.

Antiques dealers in the Saint-Ouen flea market, which
attracts millions of visitors each year, has launched a protest Asterix
model in October 2007 to the Duke’s attempt to impose elevations
“exorbitant” rent.
The traders accuse the duke of
wanting to transform the traditional flea market-luxury market as
Antiques Louvre, an expensive antiques arcade in central Paris.
The combined rental value of the 420 launch at the flea market amounts to almost € 4 million  SOURCE


 

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