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2nd Duke of Westminster From his childhood and during his adult life he was known within family circles as "Bendor", which was also the name of the racehorse Bend Or owned by his grandfather the first Duke, which won the Epsom Derby in 1880, the year following his grandson s birth. The name is a jovial reference to the ancient lost and much lamented former armorials of the family Azure, a bend or, which were awarded to the Scrope family in the famous case of 1389 heard before the Court of nike free run womens uk Chivalry, known as Scrope v Grosvenor. His wife Loelia wrote in her memoirs: "Of course everybody, even his parents and sisters, would normally have addressed the baby as "Belgrave" so they may have thought that any nickname was preferable. At all events it stuck, and my husband s friends never called him anything but Bendor or Benny".His ancestral country estate in Cheshire, the 54 bedroom Eaton Hall consisted of 11,000 acres of parkland, gardens and stables. The main residence had its walls hung with master works, paintings by Goya, Rubens, Raphael, Rembrandt, Hals, and Velzquez. An avid participant in the hunting life, the Duke owned lodges reserved for the sport in Scotland and France (the Chteau Woolsack). For sea excursions, he had his choice of two sailing vessels, "The Cutty Sark", and a yacht, "Flying Cloud". For ground transportation he had 17 nike air max shoes Rolls Royce automobiles and a private train built to facilitate travel from Eaton Hall directly into London where his townhouse Grosvenor House was located. Grosvenor House was later leased to The United States for use as the American Embassy. Like many of his social class whose lives were ones of privilege and leisure, the Duke occupied himself in the pursuit of pleasure. He was described as "a pure Victorian who had eyes for his shotgun, his hunters, his dogs a man who enjoyed hiding diamonds under the pillow of his mistresses "  After succeeding his grandfather as Duke of Westminster in 1899, he took up a commission with the Royal Horse Guards, and served in the Second Boer War with the Imperial Yeomanry jordan air max until 1901, as an ADC to Lord Roberts and Lord Milner. He resigned his commission in December 1901, and was appointed Captain of the Cheshire (Earl of Chesters) Imperial Yeomanry the following month. He subsequently invested in land in South Africa and Rhodesia. In 1908, the Duke competed in the London Olympics as a motorboat racer for Great Britain. On 1 April 1908, he was named honorary lieutenant colonel of the 16th Battalion, The London Regiment, a post he held until 1915. The Duke served with the Cheshire Yeomanry during World War I, developing a prototype Rolls Royce Armoured Car for their use. During their 1916 campaign in Egypt, as part of the Western Frontier Force under General William Peyton, the Duke (then a major) commanded the armoured cars of the regiment and took part in the destruction of a Senussi force at the Battle of Agagia on 26 February 1916. On 14 March 1916, he led the armoured cars on a raid that destroyed the enemy camp at Bir Asiso. Learning that the crews of HMT Moorina and HMS Tara were being held at Bir Hakkim, he led the nine armoured cars with three armed but unarmoured cars and a further 28 cars and ambulances on a 120 mile dash to rescue them before returning. The Senussi withdrew rather than engage in a fight. He received the DSO for this exploit. He was subsequently promoted colonel and on 26 May 1917, he was named honorary colonel of the regiment. In 1925, he was introduced to Gabrielle ("Coco") Chanel after a party in Monte Carlo and pursued her. He was as extravagant with her as he was with all of his lovers. He purchased a home for Chanel in London s prestigious Mayfair district, and in 1927 gave her a parcel of land on the French Riviera at Roquebrune Cap Martin where Chanel built her villa, La Pausa. His romantic liaison with Chanel lasted ten years. An illustration of both Westminster s extravagance and orchestrated technique in the courting of women has endured in the form of various apocryphal stories. He purportedly concealed a huge uncut emerald at the bottom of a crate of vegetables delivered to Chanel. Disguised as a deliveryman, Westminster appeared at Chanel s apartment with an enormous bouquet of flowers. He reportedly hoped to ruin the Liberal Party through Beauchamp. Homosexuality was a criminal offence at the time, and the King was horrified, saying, air max nike "I thought men like that shot themselves." During the run up to World War II, he supported various right wing and anti Semitic causes, including the Right Club. "His anti Semitic rants were notorious."  In her book "The Light of the Common Day," Diana Cooper reminisces back to the day of September 1, 1939. She and her husband, Duff Cooper were lunching at London s Savoy Grill with the Duke of Westminster. She recalls: " when he [the Duke of Westminster] added that Hitler knew after all that we were his best friends, he set off the powder magazine. "I hope". Duff spat, "that by tomorrow he will know that we are his most implacable and remorseless enemies". Next day "Bendor (Duke of Westminster)", telephoning nike air max tn to a friend, said that if there was a war it would be entirely due to the Jews and Duff Cooper ."  Most of the twentieth century was plagued by the fear of global Communist domination. The moneyed elites, and those of The Duke s aristocratic lineage particularly felt the threat. What caused this group the most anxiety was that Europe would be taken over by the Soviet Union they perceived Communist domination, not Fascism was the enemy bent on destroying their lives of wealth and status. The Duke, known for his pro German sympathies, was reportedly, instrumental in influencing his former mistress, Coco Chanel, to use her association with Winston Churchill to broker a bilateral peace agreement between the British and the Nazis. It was in late 1943 or early 1944 that Chanel, and her then current lover, Nazi espionage agent, Baron Hans Gunther Von Dinklage, did undertake such an assignment. Code named "Operation Modellhut," it was an attempt through the British Embassy in Madrid, via Chanel, to influence Churchill, and thereby persuade the British to negotiate a separate peace with Germany. This mission as planned ultimately met with failure. Lady Ursula Mary Olivia Grosvenor (21 February 1902 1978), married, firstly, William Patrick Filmer Sankey in 1924 and was divorced in 1940. She married, secondly, Major Stephen Vernon in 1940. By her first husband she had two sons, Patrick (who married the film actress Josephine Griffin) and Christopher Filmer Sankey, the younger dying in her lifetime. Her child by her second husband died young. Lady Ursula s descendants by her first husband are the sole descendants of the 2nd Duke. They reside in the UK, Australia and Sweden. Edward George Hugh Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor (1904 1909), who died aged 4, after an operation for appendicitis. Lady Mary Constance Grosvenor (27 June 1910 2000). On 26 November 1920, the Duke became the second husband of Violet Mary Nelson (1891 1983). They were divorced in 1926. Westminster married Loelia Mary Ponsonby (1902 1993) 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) on 7 February 1947. She outlived him by fifty years. The Duke was known for multiple love affairs and spectacular presents. His titles and the entailed Westminster estate passed to his cousin, William Grosvenor, and thence to the two sons of his youngest half uncle Lord Hugh Grosvenor (killed in action 1914).
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