A file picture taken on June 16, 2003, shows Britain's Duke of Westminster Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor arriving at St George's Chapel in Windsor, west of London. / AFP / POOL / TOBY MELVILLE / XGTY
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Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, a British billionaire landowner and close friend of the royal family known by his title of Duke of Westminster, has died suddenly aged 64, a spokeswoman for his family said.The duke's wife Natalia is godmother to Charles's son William, the second-in-line to the throne, while the duke's son Hugh, who will inherit his title, is godfather to Prince George, William's three-year-old son.Cavendish Grosvenor had inherited the title aged 27, in 1979, along with hundreds of acres in two of London's richest districts, Mayfair and Belgravia, and thousands more in Scotland, Spain and elsewhere.According to media interviews over the years, the duke took pride in what he considered his responsible management of his estate.
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