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William is among the guests at the Duke of Westminster’s wedding

William is among the guests at the Duke of Westminster’s wedding

Comment on the photo, A representative for the couple said getting married in Chester meant “a lot” to them

  • author, Romina Jahangir, Chris Long & PA News
  • Role, BBC News

The Prince of Wales joined thousands of well-wishers at Chester Cathedral for the Duke of Westminster’s wedding.

Hugh Grosvenor, godson of King Charles III, married Olivia Henson in the cathedral earlier, with Prince William serving as their wedding host.

The 33-year-old Duke is godfather to Prince George, but the 10-year-old was unable to join his father at the ceremony because it fell on a school day.

Police removed two women from the crowd after an orange plume spewed from a fire extinguisher-like device as the couple left the cathedral.

The Just Stop Oil campaign said two of its supporters used the devices to display powder coating near the entrance as the newlyweds made their way to the car.

Cheshire Police said two women, a 69-year-old from Manchester and a 73-year-old from Suffolk, were arrested on suspicion of public order offenses and remained in custody.

Comment on the photo, Prince William joined others from the wedding party outside the cathedral after the ceremony
Comment on the photo, The prince was also seen performing his missionary duties after the ceremony
Comment on the photo, Princess Eugenie was also among the 400 guests at the cathedral

Besides being godfather to Prince George, he is also said to be godfather to the Duke of Sussex’s son, Prince Archie.

It is understood that Prince Harry, who accompanied his brother to the wedding of the Duke’s sister Lady Tamara Grosvenor in 2004, did not attend the ceremony by mutual agreement.

The King and Queen Camilla did not attend the mass, after traveling to Normandy to attend the D-Day commemoration on Thursday.

The Princess of Wales, who is receiving treatment for cancer, also did not attend.

Comment on the photo, Designed for Grosvenor brides, the 31-year-old Fabergé tiara has been in use since 1906.
Comment on the photo, The bride wore a dress and veil designed by Emma Victoria Payne
Comment on the photo, Ms Henson arrived in a vintage Bentley, originally built for the car manufacturer’s founder in 1930.

The bride wore a dress and veil by Emma Victoria Payne, embroidered with floral motifs and edges inspired by her great-grandmother Henson’s circa 1880 veil.

The 31-year-old also wore an antique tiara, incorporating a myrtle leaf design, which was made by prestigious Russian jewelers Fabergé for Grosvenor brides and worn on their wedding days since 1906.

Her bouquet was made from flowers picked from the gardens of Eaton Hall, the Duke’s country home.

Image source, Getty Images

Comment on the photo, Cheshire Police said its officers acted quickly after demonstrators detonated explosive devices near the cathedral

Image source, Getty Images

Comment on the photo, Officers were seen carrying an orange device as they arrested protesters

By the time of the service, thousands had gathered outside the cathedral and in the surrounding streets and many were seen protesting as the couple reappeared.

Barbara Williams, 81, from Cheshire, who was standing next to the protesters in the crowd, said she felt “a little shocked afterwards”.

She said she and her friend Andrea Machin, 56, had been “standing by their side all day.”

“They were already here when we arrived at 07:00 [and] “They had shopping carts with them,” Ms. Machin said.

“Everyone was watching the bride and groom and then we saw orange and they had what looked like a fire extinguisher with them.

“The police quickly realized what was happening and got them out.

“It happened as William was walking out the door.”

In a statement released by Just Stop Oil, protesters said the weddings were “a time to come together to celebrate a commitment to the future”, but for “countless millions around the world, there is no future unless we come together to stop oil”. And gas.”

Comment on the photo, Lady Edwina Grosvenor, the Duke’s sister, attended with her husband, TV presenter Dan Snow
Comment on the photo, Thousands of well-wishers waited for hours to see the happy couple and their guests

A representative for the Duke and Lady Henson said their wedding in Chester meant “a great deal” due to the Grosvenor family’s “long and close personal connection with both the cathedral and the city”.

“The couple have also been touched by the messages of support they have received from across the region, and are very grateful that people want to share their happiness,” they added.

Comment on the photo, The Duke’s arrival was met with cheers from the audience
Comment on the photo, Bobbi (second from left) and her friends said they appreciated the free ice cream

The couple funded the city’s annual Summer Flowers project, where 100,000 flowers were planted as part of the wedding celebrations, and also paid for free ice cream and sorbet from three local independent businesses to provide to visitors to Chester city center through the day.

Bobby, a student at the University of Chester, was one of those who indulged in free ice cream.

“It’s great to see people and businesses coming together,” she said.

“It’s really fun to get the students out into the city and get involved,” she added.

The Duke inherited his title and control of the Grosvenor estate at the age of 25, following the death of his father in 2016, and the couple announced their engagement in April 2023 after being together for two years.