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« on: August 09, 2016, 09:57:03 PM »

The Duke of Westminster has passed away suddenly aged 64. RIP.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37029915


This means Hugh Grosvenor (godfather to PG) is now the 7th Duke - not easy to deal with the death of your father and run the largest estate in Britain, all at only 25 years old  Sad
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2016, 10:01:12 PM »

I just heard about this. RIP. My prayers to his family.

It must be especially rough on poor Hugh. He is so young. So was his father, really.
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2016, 10:05:34 PM »

This caught me by surprise. He was rather young, only 64. So sad.




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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2016, 10:06:03 PM »

RIP. 64 is young to die  Sad
I had no idea his son was so young, given the ages of his older sisters (36 and 34).
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2016, 10:14:10 PM »

I just saw this on Twitter.  That's really sad.  Prayers for his family.  Hopefully his son can get a handle on things.  Young age to lose his father and have all this drop into his lap.
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2016, 10:39:09 PM »

Very shocked about this. Gerald was too young to go and Hugh is too young to have to take all that over...
Best wishes to the family, hopefully they'll somehow get through their sudden loss.
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2016, 10:48:52 PM »

This is very shocking news. The Westminster family are very closely linked to the British RF. Hugh, the new Duke, is PGeorge's godfather. The late Duke's wife Natalia is PWiliiam's godmother. Natalia's family are very closely linked to the Mountbattens and Philip. She is a direct descendant of Tsar Nicholas I and also of Pushkin! QE2 and Philip used to stay at her grandparents' house Luton Hoo. The late Duke also had many connections himself - his sister Leonora was married to a cousin of the Queen (on the Bowes-Lyon side) the late Earl of Lichfield (his sister Elizabeth Anson organises many parties for the Queen). His other sister Jane was married to the Duke of Roxburgh at whose home, Floors Castle, Andrew was said to have proposed to Sarah Ferguson..... it goes on and on. Sad news.
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2016, 05:45:07 AM »

Shocked to see this news on the BBC this morning. Such a burden for a 25 year old to take on. Gerald Grosvenor was far too young to be taken. Condolences to his family.
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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2016, 07:19:27 AM »

He hadn't been sick?

So maybe stroke?
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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2016, 07:31:26 AM »

He hadn't been sick?

So maybe stroke?

Maybe, or perhaps a heart attack. He looked a bit gaunt in the last few photos I saw of him so he might have had heart trouble.
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« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2016, 08:23:38 AM »

sad news - shocking too.

He inherited the title when he was only 28. 

There had been rumors that he had battled with cancer a few years ago - some said lung cancer as he had been a heavy smoker. He had lost a lot of weight in the last few years.  The papers seem to think it was a heart attack. 

I feel bad for his family - this was sudden and makes it so much harder.  He was such an interesting man - seemed rather sensitive and he had suffered from depression.  Seemed quite a decent person too.

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« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2016, 08:46:59 AM »

I've read he was recently pouring his money into a rehabilitation center for wounded servicemen and women. I hope Hugh continues with the massive philanthropic example his father started.
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« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2016, 11:11:24 AM »

I've read he was recently pouring his money into a rehabilitation center for wounded servicemen and women. I hope Hugh continues with the massive philanthropic example his father started.

Didn't Hugh acccompany Harry last year in summer to Africa? If so I guess he did hear a lot of stories about veteran charities (and more) if he didn't even know all about it from his father and Charles and Philip.  Wink

I'm sorry for him being burdened with such a fortune, title and the responsibilities (including the media intrusion now) at such a young age on top of losing a parent all of a sudden. I hope he, his family and true friends (not the users already attached to him *cough*whinyherocopilotinneedofajetandhislazywife*cough*  Whistle) will get through this difficult time together and manage to help him become a decent Duke who can handle the legacy.
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« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2016, 11:14:40 AM »

WOW!! Quite a shock. RIP.

ETA: DM is reporting that he had an heart attack.

The C's already issued a statement:

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were very sad to learn of the Duke of Westminster?s passing yesterday. Their thoughts are very much with his family this morning."
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« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2016, 12:29:43 PM »

WOW!! Quite a shock. RIP.

ETA: DM is reporting that he had an heart attack.

The C's already issued a statement:

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were very sad to learn of the Duke of Westminster?s passing yesterday. Their thoughts are very much with his family this morning."

The Cambs strike me as opportunistic grifters wanting to get in on the ground floor.  They show their care and compassion and extend their friendship when Hugh is vulnerable so as to lock him in and keep the freebies coming.
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