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Chester prepares for ‘Britain’s most distinguished wedding’

Thousands of well-wishers are expected to take to the streets of Chester tomorrow to witness the wedding of one of Britain’s richest men. The Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, is set to marry Olivia Henson. The wedding is being billed as “the society wedding of the year”.

The wedding, which will take place at Chester Cathedral on Friday 7 June, includes royals and numerous VIPs. As part of a huge security operation in preparation for the high-profile event, numerous roads around the city centre have been closed off.

The Duke’s wealth is estimated to be worth over £10 billion, making him the richest man under 40 in Britain. He is one of the country’s largest landowners, owning thousands of acres of land in Cheshire and Lancashire, and is said to own “half of Mayfair” in London.

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The couple have already announced that they plan to make their home in Cheshire after the wedding, at the Duke’s sprawling country estate Eaton Hall near Chester. The country estate will host the wedding party after the official ceremony on Friday at 12 noon.

Hugh Grosvenor, the seventh Duke of Westminster, will marry Olivia Henson on June 7 -Credit:Duke of Westminster/PAHugh Grosvenor, the seventh Duke of Westminster, will marry Olivia Henson on June 7 -Credit:Duke of Westminster/PA

Hugh Grosvenor, the seventh Duke of Westminster, will marry Olivia Henson on June 7 -Credit:Duke of Westminster/PA

The event, dubbed “Britain’s most distinguished wedding”, has also sparked feverish excitement among locals, with thousands set to line the city’s streets on Friday awaiting the arrival of guests and the wedding party at historic Chester Cathedral.

Among the guests will be Prince William, who is a close friend of the Duke and will act as best man. The Duke is the godfather of Prince George and Prince Harry’s son Archie.

To thank well-wishers, the Duke and Miss Henson have also donated free ICE CREAM to anyone heading into the city centre on Friday to watch the guests arrive.

They also paid for over 100,000 flowers to be planted throughout the city, decorating the historic Rows.

A spokesman for the Duke of Westminster and Miss Olivia Henson said: “The floral displays are a wonderful addition to the vibrancy of the city every summer, transforming the city centre into a sea of ​​colour with locally grown flowers.

The flowers will be planted across Chester following donations from the Duke and Miss Henson – Source: Chester BIDThe flowers will be planted across Chester following donations from the Duke and Miss Henson – Source: Chester BID

The flowers will be planted across Chester following donations from the Duke and Miss Henson – Source: Chester BID

“While the Summer Flower Project is normally funded by Chester BID, the Duke of Westminster and Miss Olivia Henson have sponsored this year’s displays as part of local celebrations for their wedding at the Cathedral on 7 June.

“They are very grateful for all the support and good wishes they have received from people and organizations in the run-up to their wedding.”

As for the floral display inside the cathedral, we have received an indication that it will be a woodland theme and that huge displays will be brought into the historic building yesterday and today.

In addition, a leaf arch is being created at one of the main entrances to the cathedral.

The theme of the wedding is said to be lush and green. -Source: Manchester Evening NewsThe theme of the wedding is said to be lush and green. -Source: Manchester Evening News

The theme of the wedding is said to be lush and green. -Source: Manchester Evening News

The couple would also like to thank the well-wishers who will line the streets on Friday.

Because from 10am on Friday, people can grab a free ice cream or gelato at one of three established ice cream parlours in the city centre: Cheshire Farm Ice Cream at Chester Market, Diddy Donuts under the Eastgate Clock and Krum Gelato on Watergate Street.

Craig Fermor, owner of Diddy Donuts, said: “This is a lovely gesture from the couple and will bring many smiles to their faces. We wish the Duke of Westminster and Miss Olivia Henson all the best for their big day and hope they can enjoy many happy years together.”

Several streets in Chester city centre will be closed until 5pm on Friday in preparation for the wedding, which will be attended by around 400 guests. Motorists are asked to avoid the city centre, but pedestrian access will be guaranteed at all times.

The Duke, 33, and Olivia, 30, announced their marriage last year. A brief statement released at the time said: “The Duke of Westminster and Miss Olivia Henson are delighted to announce their engagement.”

Eaton Hall in Cheshire, residence of the Duke of Westminster – Source: Chester ChronicleEaton Hall in Cheshire, residence of the Duke of Westminster – Source: Chester Chronicle

Eaton Hall in Cheshire, residence of the Duke of Westminster – Source: Chester Chronicle

“The couple, who have been together for two years, recently became engaged at the Duke’s family home at Eaton Hall in Cheshire. Members of both families are absolutely thrilled with the news.”

They later revealed the reason why they chose Chester Cathedral as the venue for their wedding ceremony.

A spokesman said: “The couple have chosen the cathedral both for its beauty and its long association with the Grosvenor family, including the Duke himself. Cheshire is the ancestral home of the Grosvenor family and with Miss Henson’s connection to the region growing ever stronger, they are keen to plan their wedding there.

“The Duke and Miss Henson became engaged at Eaton Hall in April and are incredibly grateful for the warm messages of congratulations they have received since then.”

Because of the wedding, several streets in Chester are closed -Source: Manchester Evening NewsBecause of the wedding, several streets in Chester are closed -Source: Manchester Evening News

Because of the wedding, several streets in Chester are closed -Source: Manchester Evening News

Anyone planning to drive into Chester on Friday is warned that numerous road closures and delays are to be expected. Roads closed for most of Friday include sections of Hamilton Place, Princess Street, Northgate Street, St Werburgh Street, Eastgate Street, Foregate Street, St John Street, Bridge Street and Watergate Street.

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