Prince William has just returned from his family holiday to this sad news.
Prince William’s godfather Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor has died at the age of 64 after falling ill from a suspected heart attack.
The Duke of Westminster – whose 25-year-old son Hugh is also godfather to Prince George – died at the Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire yesterday.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “I can confirm that Her Majesty the Queen is aware of the news about the Duke of Westminster.
“A private message of condolence is being sent by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.”
Additionally a Clarence House spokeswoman revealed that the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were “deeply shocked and greatly saddened” by the news.
The Duke leaves behind by his wife Natalia, who is pictured centre. This is together with their four children. They are pictured as follows: Lady Edwina (far left), Lord Hugh (also centre), Lady Tamara (far right) and Lady Viola.
A friend to the Royal Family
A friend of the Royal Family, the Duke became the sixth Duke of Westminster in 1979.
According to Forbes magazine the Duke has an estimated fortune of $10.8bn (£8.3bn). This made him the third wealthiest person in the UK and the 114th in the world.
Last week he loaned his £8 million private jet to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They used it to take a family holiday to France with their children. The Royal couple have recently returned from their summer trip.
The Duke has also been pictured with key members of the Royal Family, such as Prince Andrew.
He also attended key events such as Prince William and Kate’s wedding reception at Buckingham Palace in 2011. This was reserved for the Royal couple’s closest friends.
In light of his father’s death, Hugh Grovesnor has now become the seventh Duke of Westminster.
Hugh will inherit the largest share of his father’s fortune while his sisters are also set to inherit considerable trust funds.
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