‘Britain’s poshest wedding’ will take place in Chester today with free ice cream handed out to locals

Chester is looking blooming lovely.

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The most glamorous society event of the year is taking place in the North West today, as the Duke of Westminster prepares to marry Olivia Henson.

The Duke, otherwise known as Hugh Grosvenor, is the richest man in Britain under 40, with a fortune of £10.42 billion.

The 33-year-old recently moved to Cheshire, where he will wed his long-term girlfriend today at Chester Cathedral, officially ending his title as ‘Britain’s most eligible bachelor’.

Grosvenor is also godfather to Prince George, and it’s reported that Prince William will serve as an usher today.

Wedding fever has gripped Chester in earnest ahead of what’s being described as ‘Britain’s poshest wedding’, and the happy couple have been getting involved in turning their big day into a city-wide celebration.


The Duke and Olivia have paid for everyone to have free ice cream from three local businesses all day long today, Friday 7 June.

The Duke, who inherited his title and a huge land and property portfolio at the age of just 25, also sponsored the Summer Flowers project this year.


It’s seen more than 100,000 flowers planted across the city and Chester is bursting with colour as a result.

It’s likely there’ll be no expense spared for the lavish celebration and it may be the most elaborate wedding the country will see for several years to come.

It’s had the entire city in an excited tizzy and Chester, already one of the most picturesque cities in the country, is looking better than ever for the big day.


Enormous floral arrangements now adorn the historic Chester Cathedral entrance, everything in town is sparkling, and local shops have created special displays in honour of the happy couple.

The Eastgate Clock on the City Walls was lit up in red white and blue last night ahead of what is, essentially, the north west’s royal wedding.

Chester BID shared yesterday: “As part of local celebrations for their wedding, The Duke of Westminster and Olivia Henson are delighted to support three fantastic independent businesses by subsidising free ice cream, gelato or sorbet for those who visit the city centre this Friday 7th June.

@krumgelato will be opening at 10am and scoop on the day until stock lasts! Offering a single scoop of a range of gelato flavours as well as lemon sorbet (the theme of the couple’s wedding cake) using very special Italian lemons to be served exclusively on Friday.

@cheshirefarm_icecream based in @newchestermarket is also offering a range of Cheshire Farm single-scoop ice-creams or slices of a new lemon-sponge flavoured arctic roll.


“AND Diddy Donuts underneath the Eastgate Clock is offering a single scoop of ice-cream, a small portion of their donuts or water, tea and coffee. Who wants ice cream?”

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