THE Duke of Westminster is recovering at home after an operation to remove a small tumour from his lung.

Following tests last week, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor of Eaton Estate underwent the operation on Thursday which is being heralded as a success by sources at the estate.

The 60-year-old recently 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.

Now the Duke, who became a grandfather for the first time in 2009, is recovering back at home after being discharged from hospital following the operation to remove the small tumour from his lung, which it is hoped was caught at an early stage.

A spokesperson for the Duke said: “Following tests last week, the Duke of Westminster has today (Thursday) had a small tumour removed from his lung.

“It was caught at an early stage and the operation was a success.”

Earlier this year the Duke, who is Britain’s wealthiest landowner, held a lavish 21st birthday bash for his only son and heir, Hugh, on the Eaton Estate.