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The touching message behind Olivia Henson’s tiara for her wedding to the Duke of Westminster

Olivia Henson arrived at Chester Cathedral to tie the knot with the Duke of Westminster wearing the £58,500 Fabergé Myrtle Wreath Tiara which Duchesses of Westminster have worn for their weddings since 1906

Olivia Henson paid a sentimental tribute to both her and her husband-to-be’s families with her choice of tiara at her wedding to the Duke of Westminster.

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Olivia Henson wearing the Myrtle Wreath Tiara at her wedding to Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster at Chester Cathedral (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Olivia became the latest woman in the Grosvenor family to wear the Fabergé Myrtle Wreath Tiara, which is traditionally only used for family weddings. The piece was last used in 2008 for the nuptials of Lady Rosanagh Innes-Ker for her marriage to Viscount Grimston at Floors Castle.

Estimated to be worth almost £60,000, the incredible topper was designed in 1906 by Fabergé designer Albert Holmström, the son of the fine jewellery makers’s former chief jeweller. The Myrtle Wreath Tiara is designed with two sprays of myrtle leaves and berries set in white brilliant diamonds.The stalks of the leaves are engraved in red fold while the leaves are set in rubbed-over silver.

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Olivia Henson wearing the Myrtle Wreath Tiara at her wedding to Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster at Chester Cathedral (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The piece was purchased in 1906 for the wedding of Lord Hugh Grosvenor to Lady Mabel Crichton, whose descendants make up the current Grosvenor family.

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Olivia Henson wearing the Myrtle Wreath Tiara at her wedding to Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster at Chester Cathedral (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Myrtle Wreath Tiara makes a particularly sentimental choice, not only as it was also worn by Hugh’s sister when she married Edward van Cutsem in 2004, but also as the myrtle leaf is a symbol of love and closely associated with Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of love.

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Prince William was in attendance, as was his cousin Princess Beatrice (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

After the ceremony, the newlyweds celebrated with their 400 guests, with a smaller gathering for close friends and family on Saturday.

Among the guests were longtime friend of the groom, Prince William, as well as his cousin Princess Beatrice.

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