THE Duke of Westminster is fully recovered after an operation to remove a tumour from his lung last October.
Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 61, of Eaton Estate, near Eccleston, a former heavy smoker, is understood to be leading a generally more healthy lifestyle.
It was following tests that the Duke had a small tumour removed from his lung but it was caught at an early stage and the operation was a success.
The Chronicle understands the Duke spent time in the more temperate climate of Spain to aid him on the road to recovery.
His spokeswoman Jane Sandars said: “The Duke is fit and well and has recovered from his operation last October.”
The Duke has retired from his role as the Deputy Commander of the Land Forces in the Territorial Army, to concentrate on raising £300m to turn a stately home near Loughborough into the Defence and National Rehabilitation centre for wounded soldiers.
A planning application was submitted at the end of December which is under consideration by the local authority.
The Duke, who became a grandfather for the first time in 2009, is now back in the routine of attending public events.
In his role as university chancellor, he congratulated about 600 University of Chester students when they were awarded degrees at Chester Cathedral last month.
Earlier in the year the Duke planted the final tree in a new 23-acre Diamond Jubilee wood near Eccleston which he created in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.
Almost 12,000 three-year-old UK-sourced saplings were hand-planted throughout the autumn and winter on land earmarked by the Duke, which will also include a 50-minute woodland walk.