Gerald Westminster
Duke of Westminster
Gerald Westminster
Major-General Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, KG, CB, CVO, OBE, CD, TD, DL, KJStJ, is the son of Robert George Grosvenor, 5th Duke of Westminster, and his wife Hon. Viola Maud Lyttelton. He is the owner of property company Grosvenor Group. According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2011, the Duke of Westminster is worth £7.35 billion placing him seventh in the list and making him the richest British person.
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  • 2016
    Age 64
    According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2016, the Duke was worth £9.35 billion (c.
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  • 2011
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Work started on the £300m project in April 2016, and it is intended that the new facilities which are under construction for completion in 2018 will replace those at Headley Court. The Duke remained actively involved in the project until his death.
    The Duke became Deputy Commander Land Forces (Reserves) in May 2011.
    More Details Hide Details He retired from the Armed Forces in 2012.
  • 2007
    Age 55
    In March 2007, having served in the Ministry of Defence as Assistant CDS for four years, he handed over responsibility for 50,000 reservists and 138,000 cadets to Major General Simon Lalor, in the wake of the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal in which Grosvenor was also implicated.
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  • 2004
    Age 52
    In 2004, he was appointed to the new post of Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets), with promotion in the rank of major-general.
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  • 2002
    Age 50
    He was President of the committee planning the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester from 1998, and from 1991 until 1994 had been Director of the committee set up to coordinate the projected 2000 Summer Olympic Games and Paralympics that would have been held at Manchester had the British bid succeeded.
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  • 2000
    Age 48
    In April 2000, the firm moved into new London offices.
    More Details Hide Details The business was headed by the 6th Duke, who was Chairman of the Trustees. The Duke was also Director of Claridge's Hotel from 1981 until 1993, and of Marcher Sound from 1992 until 1997. As a child the Duke lived on an island in the middle of Lough Erne (Ely Lodge, Blaney, Co. Fermanagh). His early education was in Northern Ireland before he attended Sunningdale and Harrow boarding schools in England. Because of his Irish accent, the Duke struggled to fit in at Harrow, and his education suffered. Consequently, he left school with two O-levels in history and English.
  • 1995
    Age 43
    The Duke was Grand Prior of the Priory of England of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem, 1995–2001.
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  • 1994
    Age 42
    He was promoted to colonel on 31 December 1994 and was appointed honorary colonel of the 7th Regt Army Air Corps (1 January 1996) and the Northumbrian Universities Officer Training Corps (30 November 1995).
    More Details Hide Details Promoted to brigadier on 17 January 2000, he was also appointed Honorary Colonel of the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry on 14 May 2001. He was also appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the Canadian Royal Westminster Regiment, the North Irish Horse, and as Colonel Commandant Yeomanry.
  • 1993
    Age 41
    He was Vice-President of the Royal United Services Institute from 1993 until 2012, President of The Tank Museum, Bovington, from 2002, and a committee member of the National Army Museum between 1988–97 and from 2013 until his death.
    More Details Hide Details Despite his poor educational start, he acquired several honorary degrees and fellowships (listed below) in later life and took an outward looking interest in youth. He was Director of the International Students Trust from 1976 until 1993, Pro-Chancellor of Keele University from 1986 until 1993, Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University from 1992 until 2002, and first appointed Chancellor of the University of Chester in 1995, serving until his death. He was a supporter of the Prince's Trust, and was a committee member of the Trust and a Patron from 2001 for North West England.
  • 1992
    Age 40
    His main personal recreations were field shooting and fishing, and he served as President of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation from 1992 until 2000, and the Atlantic Salmon Trust from 2004 until his death, President of the Game and Wildlife Conservancy Trust for 2000–01 and Vice-President hence.
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    The Duke was President of the BLESMA from 1992, and the Yeomanry Benevolent Fund from 2005, national Vice-President of the Royal British Legion from 1993, and the Reserve Forces' Ulysses Trust from 1995, the Not Forgotten Society from 2004, and Chairman of the Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown from 1992, all until his death.
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    Promoted to lieutenant-colonel on 1 April 1992, he subsequently commanded the North Irish Horse, the Cheshire Yeomanry Squadron, founded by his ancestors, and the Queen's Own Yeomanry.
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  • 1990
    Age 38
    He was Vice-President of the Royal Engineers Music Foundation 1990–94.
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  • 1985
    Age 33
    He was promoted to the acting rank of major on 1 January 1985 and to the substantive rank on 22 December.
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  • 1984
    Age 32
    He was a member of the MCC and Royal Yacht Squadron and President of Worcestershire County Cricket Club in 1984–86 and of the Youth Sports Trust 1996–2004.
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  • 1978
    Age 26
    The Duke of Westminster married Natalia Ayesha Phillips, the daughter of Lt-Col. Harold Pedro Joseph Phillips and his wife Georgina Wernher, in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details His wife is a direct descendant of the Russian poet Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin and therefore of his African ancestor Abram Gannibal as well as of King George II. Their children are: In 1998, the Duke suffered a nervous breakdown and depression, citing the overwhelming pressures of business and public life.
  • 1975
    Age 23
    He was promoted to lieutenant on 13 May 1975 and to captain on 1 July 1980.
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  • 1973
    Age 21
    After entering RMA Sandhurst in 1973, he passed out as an officer cadet and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve of the Royal Armoured Corps (Queen's Own Yeomanry) on 13 May 1973.
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  • 1970
    Age 18
    As the Earl Grosvenor he joined the Territorial Army in 1970, as a trooper, family estate responsibilities having caused him to abandon a Regular Army career in the 9th/12th Lancers.
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  • 1951
    Born on December 22, 1951.
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