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The Prince of Wales will attend the wedding of his close friend, the Duke of Westminster, today.

33-year-old billionaire and aristocrat Hugh Grosvenor will marry 31-year-old Olivia Henson in Chester Cathedral.

William will act as usher at the ceremony, which begins at noon on Friday and is expected to be attended by an estimated 400 guests.

The Prince arrived at the cathedral at around 10:30 a.m., leaving a Mercedes bus with other ushers and entering the cathedral through a side entrance that was not seen by the large crowds that had gathered on the street outside.

His brother, the Duke of Sussex, is not expected to be there after it was mutually decided that he would not attend.

The wedding takes place in the midst of a long-simmering dispute between the princes.

The Duke of Sussex speaks during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in DüsseldorfThe Duke of Sussex speaks during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Düsseldorf

Harry will not attend the wedding (Jordan Pettitt/PA)

The Princess of Wales, who has been out of the spotlight due to cancer treatment, is not expected to attend.

The King, the groom’s godfather and the Queen are also not expected to attend the ceremony as they were attending D-Day commemorations in France on Thursday.

The Duke of Westminster is the godfather of William’s son, Prince George, and reportedly also of Harry’s son, Prince Archie.

Ten-year-old George is unlikely to attend the wedding as it falls on a school day.

Mrs Henson will travel to the cathedral with her father in a vintage Bentley, originally built in 1930 for the car manufacturer’s founder.

The wedding ceremony will be performed by the Dean of Chester, the Right Reverend Dr. Tim Stratford.

The service will be sung by the choir of Chester Cathedral, accompanied by a group of musicians from the north west of England.

The Bishop of Chester, the Most Reverend Mark Tanner, will deliver the homily and the Most Reverend Canon Rosie Woodall will lead the prayers.

The Duke of Westminster topped the Sunday Times’ 40 Under 40 Rich List earlier this year and had a fortune of £10.1 billion.

Hugh Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster, stands behind a lectern while giving a speechHugh Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster, stands behind a lectern while giving a speech

Hugh Grosvenor is the 7th Duke of Westminster (Oli Scarff/PA)

His bride, who grew up in London and Oxfordshire, has worked in the sustainable food and drink industry, most recently at London-based food company Belazu.

The couple is said to have chosen the wedding venue because of its beauty and personal connection to the Duke, whose family home Eaton Hall is nearby.

William and Harry were both ushers at his sister Lady Tamara Grosvenor’s wedding at the cathedral in 2004.

Following the service there will be a private reception in Eaton Hall.

A spokesman for the Duke and Mrs Henson said: “This is a very special day for The Duke and Mrs Henson and they are very much looking forward to the service.

“It means a great deal to them to be married in Chester Cathedral, particularly given the Grosvenor family’s long and close personal association with both the cathedral and the city of Chester.

“The couple were also touched by the messages of support they received from across the region and are eternally grateful that people want to share in their happiness.”

Police outside Chester Cathedral ahead of the wedding of Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, to Olivia HensonPolice outside Chester Cathedral ahead of the wedding of Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, to Olivia Henson

Police outside Chester Cathedral ahead of the wedding of Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, and Olivia Henson (Peter Byrne/PA)

The spokesman added: “The Duke and Miss Henson have taken great care in planning the wedding, adding their own personal touch to all the arrangements and making a conscious effort to involve local and regional suppliers in several aspects of the day.”

The seasonal flowers for the ceremony were sourced from local growers and will be made into bouquets after the wedding and delivered to local charities, churches and organizations.

The couple announced their engagement in April last year after being together for two years.

The Duke of Westminster became a billionaire overnight when he inherited his father’s title and control of the historic Grosvenor Estate at the age of 25 following his father’s death from a heart attack in 2016.

His property company, the Grosvenor Group, owns around 300 acres of land in Mayfair and Belgravia, as well as major inner-city projects such as Liverpool One shopping centre.

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