Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Why the young Lord Grosvenor is not yet called the Duke of Westminster

Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor,  Earl Grosvenor, has succeeded his father, as the 7th Duke of Westminster.  However,  the 25-year-old duke will not be styled as His Grace the Duke of Westminster until after his father's funeral. He remains styled as Lord Grosvenor.


From  Debrett's New Guide to Etiquette and Modern Manners: The Indispensable Handbook (2007) By John Morgan


6 comments:

Kalnel said...

Just curious: Do you happen to know who Grosvenor's current heir is?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

No heir. He is the last of the line for now. He needs to marry and have sons

Matthew Plooster said...

There's been minor agitation to allow women to inherit peerages in general (other than those that were specifically inheritable via Letters Patent). Are you aware of any movement?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

basically all peerages whether England, Scotland, Great Britain and United Kingdom are by patent. The succession to peerages bill died in Parliament earlier this year http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2015-16/successiontopeerages.html

Shannon Ryan said...

Marlene is there not another male heir - even a distant one ?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

No. The dukedom was created in 1874 for the 3rd Marquess of Westminster's male heirs. Hugh is the only male heir. The are heirs to Marquessate from other male lines but they are not in line for the dukedom.