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Why Princess Kate and her three children did not attend the Duke of Westminster's wedding with Prince William

Hugh Grosvenor, the seventh Duke of Westminster, will marry Olivia Henson on Friday

Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
June 7, 2024
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The Princess of Wales has been keeping a low profile in recent months as she undergoes preventative chemotherapy following her cancer diagnosis. And while many royal watchers are hoping to glimpse the royal at the Duke of Westminster's wedding on Friday, Kate was absent from the day's proceedings. 

Her husband Prince William made a solo appearance, attending in a private capacity as he takes on the role of an usher. Kate will no doubt have remained at home in Windsor with her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who are all at school.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis accompanied by their parents for a settling in afternoon at Lambrook School, near Ascot© Getty
Princess Kate will remain at home while Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis attend school

Hugh Grosvenor, the seventh Duke of Westminster, will tie the knot with Olivia Henson at Chester Cathedral and will be surrounded by their nearest and dearest. 

Since confirming her cancer diagnosis back in March, Princess Kate has taken a step back from royal duties and has been recovering away from the public eye. 

Hugh Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster and Olivia Henson
Hugh Grosvenor will marry Olivia Henson on 7 June

Royal sources recently told HELLO! Kate will not return to royal duties any time soon as the royal "needs the space and privacy to recover". They claimed the Princess will not go back to work until her medical team gives her the green light.

LISTEN: Why Prince George will not attend the Duke of Westminster's wedding

Since Hugh Grosvenor and Olivia announced their engagement back in April 2023, many royal fans have speculated that Prince William and Kate's eldest son, Prince George, who is also the Duke's godson, would attend the wedding and possibly act as a page boy. 

However, in a previous episode of A Right Royal Podcast, HELLO! royal editor Emily Nash has revealed that her understanding is that the ten-year-old will not attend

Kate Middleton in an all-blue outfit© Karwai Tang
Princess Kate is undergoing preventative chemotherapy following her cancer diagnosis

"I think there was some expectation by royal fans that George might appear, he might take part as a page boy. And perhaps he might have but this is all happening on a Friday, it's a school day," Emily explained. 

"Aside from everything else that's going on for William and Kate and their family at the moment, it's something they've probably considered at length, because if you take your child out of school for a wedding does that set a precedent? It is a really tricky one." 

Close connections with the royal family

The Duke, 33, shares a close bond with Prince William and Princess Kate and attended Prince George's christening at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace after being named as one of his godparents. 

Meanwhile, King Charles is one of Hugh's godparents. The Princess of Wales also previously teamed up with his sister, Lady Edwina. The royal was on hand to show her support when Lady Edwina opened a new family-friendly residential centre in Southampton last year.

Olivia Henson walking with the Duke of Westminster© Grosvenor 2024
The couple are getting married in Chester

Will King Charles and Queen Camilla attend the wedding?

It is not known whether King Charles and Queen Camilla, who also enjoy a close relationship with the Grosvenor family, will attend but so far only William is poised to go.

It is also understood that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will miss out on Hugh and Olivia's big day. Like William, Harry has long shared a strong friendship with Hugh, who is also a godfather to Prince Archie, five.


Meet the Duke of Westminster​​​​

Duke of Westminster speaking at Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre© Getty
  •  Hugh Grosvenor is the 7th Duke of Westminster
  • He is the third child and only son of Natalia and the late Gerald Grosvenor
  • He inherited the dukedom, a huge fortune and Eaton Hall at the age of 25
  • The Duke was styled as Earl Grosvenor from his birth in 1991 until his father's death in 2016
  • He studied at Mostyn House School and Ellesmere College in Shropshire
  • Obtained a degree in Countryside Management from Newcastle University

His staggering net worth

  • Hugh topped this year's Sunday Times 40 Under 40 Rich List, boasting a fortune of £10.1 billion
  • He is Chair of both the Grosvenor Trustees and the Westminster Foundation 
  • Grosvenor Group owns about 300 acres of land in Mayfair and Belgravia

Other facts

  • He is known as Hughie among friends
  • Owns half of Mayfair
  • The Duke represents Team GB at Olympic Skeet Shooting competitions
  • He is also President of the national charity, the Country Trust

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