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From October 1997 to October 2007, she was Patron of the Chester Childbirth Appeal.
More DetailsHide DetailsShe is the youngest of five children of Lt.-Col. Harold Pedro Joseph Phillips (1909–1980) and his wife, Georgina Wernher (1919–2011). Her eldest sister is Alexandra Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn and another sister is Marita Crawley, who wrote the libretto for the opera “The Poet and the Tsar” about their great-great-great-grandfathers, Alexander Pushkin and Emperor Nicholas I of Russia. Natalia is one of three godmothers to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Her family have long been close to the British Royal Family, being distantly related to both Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. They are also descendants, through non-Catholic marriages, of Sophia, Electress of Hanover, in whose Protestant descendants is vested the right of succession to the British throne according to the Act of Settlement 1701.
They also descend from Pushkin, Russia's most renowned author and nobleman, as well as from his African great-grandfather, Abram Petrovich Gannibal, the youth believed to have belonged to a family of tribal chieftains who became a protégé of Peter the Great.
On 7 October 1978, Natalia Phillips married Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster.
More DetailsHide DetailsNatalia and the Duke have four children:
As Duchess of Westminster, Natalia has presided over the remodeling of the traditional family seat, Eaton Hall, and has been closely involved in the redesign of its formal gardens and park. She also takes an interest in the family's fine art collection.
The Duchess is a director of Alex Moulton Bicycles.
She is patron of a number of charities based in the north west, near the family home in Cheshire, including:
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