Why Is Everyone So Obsessed with the Duke of Westminster's Wedding?

Why Is Everyone So Obsessed with the Duke of Westminster's Wedding?
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British royals and aristocrats alike as coming together this week for the society event of the season: the Duke of Westminster’s wedding.

Hugh Grosvenor, a British aristocrat and head of property empire Grosvenor Group, is marrying his girlfriend of two years, Olivia Henson, who will become the Duchess of Westminster.

The lavish ceremony, which is being referred to by many as the most royal non-royal wedding of the year, will take place on Friday, June 7, at the historic Chester Cathedral in Chester, England.

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Grosvenor is not royal (Duke of Westminster is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom given to someone not related to the British royal family), but he did grow up with the British royals, and is particularly close with Prince William and Prince Harry. The 33-year-old is even the godfather to William’s eldest son, Prince George, and Prince Harry’s son, Prince Archie.

William is serving as an usher at Grosvenor’s wedding, and George is expected to be a pageboy. Harry, however, will not be present for the nuptials, as he feels his attendance—particularly amidst his estrangement from his brother—would be complicated and pull focus from the happy occasion, People reported.

A source told the outlet that the Duke of Sussex declined the invitation as a part of an “understanding between the two friends,” and he sends “his love and support and admiration for the couple.”

King Charles III will also be skipping the big wedding, as he has an engagement in Normandy the day prior, where he will lead commemorations for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landing. We can also expect to miss Princess Kate, who is understandably lying low from public duties as she continues her cancer treatment.

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