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When Royals gathered to remember Duke.

IN THE final part of our look back at royal visits to Chester of the recent past, we remember a more solemn occasion when senior members of the royal family were among 1,400 guests who gathered in the city to celebrate the life of the sixth Duke of Westminster.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, together with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, attended the memorial service at Chester Cathedral in November 2016.

Major General Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, a close friend of the royals, died of a heart attack aged 64 on August 9, 2016.

Members of the Grosvenor family attended a "quiet" private funeral service in the days after the Duke's death but the Cathedral's invitation-only ceremony was a more public occasion.

The Duke of Cambridge and Lady Edwina Snow were among those who spoke during the service.

Prince William read the Garter Prayer, part of the annual service for Knights of the Order of the Garter, with which the late Duke had been honoured.

Lady Edwina, the late Duke's second daughter and a campaigner for prisoner reform and rehabilitation, delivered an emotional reading titled 'A letter to my father'.

The private service, which lasted for just over an hour, was led by the Dean of Chester, the Very Rev Professor Gordon McPhate.

The music was led and supported by the Cathedral team with choristers from the Cathedral and Chester Male Voice Choir, bell ringers from local churches and the Manchester Brass Ensemble.

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? The sixth Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor

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? Lady Viola Grosvenor (left) Louis van Cutsem,Lady Tamara van Cutsem carrying her daughter Isla, seventh Duke of Westminster Hugh Grosvenor, Wolf Snow carried by Dan Snow, Zia Snow and the Dowager Duchess of Westminster are welcome by the Very Rev Gordon McPhate, Dean of Chester

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? Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the service

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? The cavalcade carrying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the service

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Princess Eugenie arrives for the memorial service

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? Prince Charles arrives for the service

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? The 7th Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, arriving for the service PA Wire

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? The 7th Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor and his mother Natalia Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster, arriving for the memorial service

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? Edward van Cutsem welcomes the Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent and Princess AlexandraIoan Said Photography

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? Dan Snow, husband of Lady Edwina, arrives with his son Wolf and daughter Orla

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? Prince Michael of Kent and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent arrive for the memorial service at Chester Cathedral

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? Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are welcomed by the service by Very Rev Dean of Chester Gordon McPhate

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? Crowds watch Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arriving for the service

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? The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the 6th Duke of Westminster's Memorial service at Chester Cathedral in November

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Publication:The Chester Chronicle (Chester, England)
Article Type:Obituary
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 13, 2020
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