No expense spared for Earl’s 21st bash

The marquee at the party.
The marquee at the party.

STAFF from the Abbeystead Estate, near Lancaster, rubbed shoulders with royalty at a glitzy 21st birthday party organised by the Duke of Westminster for his son.

Fifty-three employees from the Duke’s 18,000-acre estate, along with their wives, husbands and partners joined guests including Prince Harry in celebrating Hugh, Earl Grosvenor’s landmark.

On their arrival at Eaton Hall, the Duke’s family home near Chester, they were greeted by a driveway lit by torches and candles and a green laser light shot into the sky from an obelisk.

Fireworks lit up the sky above the gardens during the bash, for which the dress code was “black tie and neon”, combining tradition with modernity.

Both the Duke, Gerald Grosvenor, 60, and the Earl made speeches before a performance by the Urban Soul Orchestra during dinner.

Party-goers from the Lancaster area were made to feel at home with a tasting plate which included Morecambe Bay potted shrimps, plus scotch egg and smoked salmon.

It was followed by a main course of steak and chips.

See the Lancaster Guardian (09-02-12) for full story.