Robert Westminster
Duke of Westminster
Robert Westminster
Robert George Grosvenor, 5th Duke of Westminster DSO TD JP DL, was a British soldier, landowner, businessman and politician. In the 1970s he was the richest man in Britain. He was born ‘’’Robert Grosvenor’’’ in 1910. His father, Lord Hugh Grosvenor, was the sixth son and tenth child of the first Duke of Westminster by his second wife, the Hon. Katherine Cavendish. His mother, Lady Mabel Crichton, was the daughter of the 4th Lord Erne.
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  • 1979
    Age 68
    He died at Ely Lodge in Enniskillen in on 19 February 1979 and was buried in the churchyard of Eccleston Church near Eaton Hall, Cheshire.
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  • 1967
    Age 56
    Upon his brother's death in 1967, Robert became 5th Duke of Westminster.
    More Details Hide Details Although he took his seat in the House of Lords, he never spoke, surprisingly considering his political career. Westminster was appointed honorary colonel of the North Irish Horse in 1971.
  • 1960
    Age 49
    He resigned his commission on 15 April 1960 and was permitted to retain the rank of lieutenant colonel.
    More Details Hide Details Grosvenor lived in Northern Ireland most of his life at Ely Lodge, Blaney on an island in the middle of Lough Erne. In 1952 he was appointed High Sheriff of Fermanagh.
  • 1959
    Age 48
    Re-elected in 1959, he retired in 1964, he was succeeded by his cousin, the Marquess of Hamilton.
    More Details Hide Details In parliament he stuck mainly to constituency issues, but was responsible for a bill to help increase adoptions, which became the Adoption Act 1964. He was described in his successor's maiden speech as popular and well-liked.
  • 1956
    Age 45
    On 14 February 1956, he moved from the Active List to the Territorial Army Reserve of Officers.
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  • 1955
    Age 44
    In the 1955 general election, he was elected to Parliament as member for Fermanagh & South Tyrone.
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  • 1954
    Age 43
    He was awarded a clasp to his Efficiency Decoration on 26 October 1954.
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  • 1953
    Age 42
    He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 15 February 1953.
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  • 1949
    Age 38
    On 11 November 1949, he was awarded the Efficiency Decoration (TD) for long service with the Territorial Army.
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    He transferred to the North Irish Horse on 1 May 1949.
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  • 1947
    Age 36
    On 1 May 1947, he transferred to the reformed City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders) and was promoted from his pre-war substantive rank of second lieutenant to major with seniority from 24 April 1944.
    More Details Hide Details His service number was 76151.
  • 1946
    Age 35
    On 3 December 1946, he married his second cousin, Hon.
    More Details Hide Details Viola Maud Lyttelton, a daughter of the 9th Viscount Cobham, and they had three children: In 1963, his cousin died and his brother Gerald became Duke of Westminster. A Royal Warrant of Precedence was issued to allow him to adopt the style of Lord Robert Grosvenor.
  • 1910
    Born on April 24, 1910.
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