I was deeply saddened to hear that the Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, has died at the age of 64.
Our paths crossed frequently over the years as a result of our passion for the armed forces and I was once the proud recipient of the Duke of Westminster’s Award for Business.
The Duke had recently given his name to the Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’ Wellbeing at the University of Chester, of which he was Chancellor. I am a steering committee member having recently been made an honouree senior lecturer at the University.
The Duke’s home seat is in Chester and he opened his estate privately to SSAFA for a formal dinner to raise funds for military families which I was also proud to be a part of.
He has also recently funded the move from Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre to a new centre of excellence for military rehabilitation. I have run the legal help line clinic as Chair of the Royal British Legion Solicitors Group since 1990.
My condolences go to his family. I am deeply saddened.