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Hugh "Bendor" Richard Arthur Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster was born on 19 March 1879. He was the son of Victor Alexander Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor, son of the 1st Duke of Westminster, and Lady Sibell Mary Lumley, the daughter of the 9th Earl of Scarborough.
Christening Event Date: 20 Apr 1879 Event Place: Eccleston, Cheshire, England
He was educated at Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, England. He was Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of the Cape of Good Hope in 1899. He gained the rank of Lieutenant in the service of the Royal Horse Guards.
He succeeded to the title of 11th Baronet Grosvenor, of Eaton, co. Chester [E., 1622] on 22 December 1899; he succeeded to the title of 4th Marquess of Westminster [U.K., 1831] on 22 December 1899; he succeeded to the title of 2nd Duke of Westminster [U.K., 1874] on 22 December 1899; he succeeded to the title of 5th Earl Grosvenor [G.B., 1784] on 22 December 1899; he succeeded to the title of 5th Baron Grosvenor of Eaton, co. Chester [G.B., 1761] on 22 December 1899; he succeeded to the title of 5th Viscount Belgrave [G.B., 1784] on 22 December 1899.
He fought in the Boer War between 1900 and 1901, and was mentioned in despatches.
He married, firstly, Constance Edwina Cornwallis-West, daughter of William Cornwallis Cornwallis-West and Mary Adelaide Virginia Eupatoria FitzPatrick, on 16 February 1901 in St. George Hanover Square, London, England.
Children of Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster and Constance Edwina Cornwallis-West:
In 1908, the Duke competed in the London Olympics as a motorboat racer for Great Britain.
In the Great War The Duke served with distinction, showing both initiative in combat and technical skill with motor-cars.
He and Constance Edwina Cornwallis-West were divorced in 1919.
On 26 November 1920, the Duke became the second husband of Violet Mary Nelson (1891–1983) (daughter of Sir William Nelson, 1st Bt. and Margaret Hope). They were divorced in 1926.
He married the Hon. Loelia Mary Ponsonby (1902–1993) (daughter of Frederick Edward Grey Ponsonby, 1st Baron Sysonby and Victoria Lily Hegan Kennard) on 20 February 1930. The couple were unable to have children and divorced in 1947 after several years of separation.
He married Anne (Nancy) Winifred Sullivan (1915–2003), daughter of Brig.-Gen. Edward Langford Sullivan, on 7 February 1947 in West Cheshire, England. She outlived him by fifty years.
The Duke was known for multiple love affairs and spectacular presents. He was introduced to Gabrielle Chanel in 1925 and embarked on a 10 year affair with her, purchasing a home for her in London and some land in France. When the affair ended, he became fascinated by the Brazilian Aimée de Heeren who was not interested in marrying him and to whom he gave significant jewellery, once part of the French Crown Jewels.
He died on 19 July 1953 at age 74.
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