Olivia Henson's Romantic Wedding Dress Includes a Hidden Reference to a Family Heirloom

The new Duchess of Westminster also wore a stunning, and historic, tiara.

Olivia Henson in a wedding gown with lace details and a cutout back at her wedding on June 7
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To become the Duchess of Westminster in her June 7 marriage to Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster, Olivia Henson's wedding dress needed all the romantic details befitting a royal (or rather, royal-adjacent) ceremony. The gown she ultimately chose by London-based bridal designer Emma Victoria Payne to marry before an guests including Prince William and Princess Eugenie had all the formality nuptials called the "high society wedding of the decade" required, plus several hidden and sentimental ties to both families.

Let's start with the gown. Olivia Henson entered the Chester Cathedral from a vintage Bentley in an understated, yet memorable, wedding dress. The bespoke Emma Victoria Payne design featured three-quarter length sleeves and a bateau neckline at the front, flowing seamlessly into a skirt with a dramatic train.

Olivia Henson marries on June 7 in a gorgeous gown and veil

Olivia Henson entered the chapel for her June 7 wedding to the Duke of Westminster wearing a wedding dress by Emma Victoria Payne.

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Along the neckline and hems of her sleeves, Henson's wedding dress featured touches of delicate floral lace. Vogue UK reported those subtle inclusions were intentional and steeped with meaning. The blossoms on her dress were actually a nod to the wedding veil Henson's great-grandmother wore on her wedding day, a piece that was first crafted in the 1880s. (Talk about fashion history.)

Olivia Henson at her wedding to the Duke of Westminster

Olivia Henson's wedding dress featured a bateau neckline lined in lace, plus floral details referencing a family heirloom: her great-grandmother's veil.

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Those touches of florals paired back to a stunning, dramatic veil that swept behind Henson for several feet behind her. In the back, her dress also featured a keyhole cut-out.

Olivia Henson also worked "something blue" into her wedding day look. A pair of pointed-toe blue heels in a deep indigo shade peeked out from beneath her skirt.

Olivia Henson entering the chapel for her wedding on June 7 in a wedding dress with an open back and long train

From the back, Olivia Henson's wedding dress featured a large oval cut-out and a flowing train.

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Allusions to decades of family wedding tradition weren't the only special touches in Henson's wedding day look. Atop her romantic bun, Henson wore the Faberge Myrtle Leaf Tiara. It's a poignant "something borrowed" for Henson to wear: This piece has been in her now-husband's family since 1906 and was crafted specifically for Grosvenor brides to wear down the aisle, People reports.

The tiara's design is comprised of laurel leaves coated in diamonds, with sprigs of tiny pearls set between them. It has been kept in the family vault for over 20 years: The last time the Faberge Myrtle Leaf Tiara made an appearance, Lady Tamara, the Duke of Westminster's sister, wore it for her 2004 wedding to Edward van Cutsem at the same chapel.

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Olivia Henson paired her wedding dress with the Faberge Myrtle Leaf Tiara, an heirloom with ties to the groom's family.

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The Duke and Duchess of Westminster's love story began in 2021, when they met through mutual friends. The pair announced their engagement in 2023. Anticipation was high for their eventual union: Hugh Grosvenor is the richest man under 35 United Kingdom, with a net-worth of £9.878 billion after inheriting his father's estate in 2016. He is also a longtime friend of both Princes William and Prince Harry (though the latter skipped the wedding ceremony, owing to ongoing tension with his immediate family). Meanwhile, Olivia Henson has fetched comparisons to Kate Middleton for her family's similarly close ties to Britain's aristocracy.

While Henson is not technically a royal, her wedding dress has a similar regality to those worn by the likes of Princess Kate and Meghan Markle over the past two decades. (The bateau neckline is reminiscent of Markle's Claire Waight Keller for Givenchy dress, for example.) The pomp and circumstance of her wedding day can also match that of her high society peers. She and the Duke of Westminster are expected to have a lavish celebration at Eaton Estate throughout the afternoon and evening following their ceremony.

Halie LeSavage
Senior News Editor (Fashion & Beauty)

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