The memorial service for the late sixth Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor will be held on 28 November at 2 pm.
The service, which is being held at Chester Cathedral, is expected to bring 2000 people wishing to pay their respects, including many members of the Royal Family.
The family home, Eaton Hall, Eccleston is near the chosen location of Chester Cathedral. However, when the Duke of Westminster passed away, he was at his shooting estate in Abbeystead, near Lancaster. The 64-year-old suffered a heart attack and was flown by air ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital where he deceased.
A message sent to Cheshire West and Chester councillors about the memorial read: “It is expected that around 2,000 guests will be attending the ticketed service including family, close friends, estate workers, local, national and international VIPs and representatives of charities the Duke had links with.
It is anticipated that security around the event will be high, particularly on the day. The police are working closely with the Westminster family to ensure that all guests and members of the public remain safe.”
With many high-profile attendees, such as the Royal Family, many road closures and cordons will be in effect all of Monday. Chester has placed signs up warning the locals of a “major city event” that will affect most of the city centre.
Many of the guests will be transported to the cathedral by 40 private coaches, which will then be parked at the Castle car park. The car park in return will be closed to the public for the day.
Some guests received formal invitations to the memorial, but national and regional publications also printed notices that you could apply for an invitation. Those who did apply were asked for their connection to the Duke and would have to undergo background security checks and pat downs before the memorial.
The billionaire landowner, who was worth £9.35 billion (c$13 billion) left behind his wife, the Duchess of Westminster, Natalia Grosvenor, his daughters Lady Tamara van Cutsem, Lady Edwina Grosvenor and Lady Viola Grosvenor. His 25-year-old son, Hugh Grosvenor inherited his title and is now the seventh Duke of Westminster.