The Duke of Westminster, Major-General Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, died today (Tuesday) at the age of 64 his estate have confirmed.
The billionaire landowner, who was worth £9.35 billion (c$13 billion), passed away at Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire.
Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke’s only son, immediately succeeds his father to the Dukedom of Westminster.
Buckingham Palace have said that The Queen is aware of the news and has sent a private message of condolence to the family.
The Duke, who was Britain’s richest landowner was a close friend of the Royal Family. He particularly close to Prince Charles and a trustee of Princess Diana.
A spokesperson said this evening: “His family are all aware and they ask for privacy and understanding at this very difficult time. No further comment will be made for the time being but further information will follow in due course.”
The spokesperson added that he had suddenly become ill on his Abbeystead Estate shortly before his death.
Funeral arrangements will be released at a later date.
The Duke leaves behind his wife, Natalia Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster, four children and four grandchildren.
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