Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor has become the seventh Duke of Westminster at just 25-years-old following the tragic passing of his father on Tuesday (August 9).
As well as inheriting the title, the only son of the late Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor and his wife the Duchess of Westminster Natalia Grosvenor, is set to inherit his dad’s estimated fortune of £9.35billion – making him one of the richest people in the world.
Announcing the death of the 64-year-old sixth Duke of Westminster, Grosvenor Estate revealed he was suddenly taken ill at his country retreat in Lancashire and taken to the Royal Preston Hospital where he sadly passed away.
Little is known about the new duke – whose previous title was Earl Grosvenor – but he made headlines in 2012 when a lavish 21st birthday party was thrown for him at the family seat of Eaton Hall in Eccleston, where he grew up.
The bash featured headline performances from the likes of comedian Michael McIntyre and hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks.
He told the Chronicle at the time: “The party was simply amazing – a birthday and a party I will never forget. It is the beginning of a new era in my life and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”
Hugh was thrust into the media spotlight again the following year when Prince William chose him as one of the seven godparents to his firstborn son Prince George.
He was, unusually for the offspring of hereditary peers, educated at the state school Eccleston Primary, before attending Ellesmere College.
Sharing his father's love of football, he had trials for Crewe Alexandra when he was 11.
Terry McPhillips, from Crewe's youth academy, said he had 'potential'.
A former Newcastle University student, he has gone on to work in estate management.
The title of the Duke of Westminster was created by Queen Victoria in 1874.