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  • Hugh Grosvenor and Harriet Tomlinson, both 26, remained firm friends after both attending the exclusive £30,000 a year Ellesmere College in Shropshire
  • Believed they were not an item at school and their romance blossomed recently 
  • The duke inherited £9.3billion after father Gerald Grosvenor's death in August

By Liz Hull and James Tozer for the Daily Mail

Published: 18:00 EDT, 20 March 2017 | Updated: 18:07 EDT, 20 March 2017

Enjoying a trip to the Eiffel Tower and posing with a red vintage car, this is clearly a close-knit group of friends.

Look closer, and you will spot the Duke of Westminster and his now-girlfriend within the pack.

For, as our photos show, Hugh Grosvenor and Harriet Tomlinson, both 26, remained firm friends after both attending the exclusive Ellesmere College in Shropshire.

Close-knit: Miss Tomlinson, circled left, and Hugh Grosvenor, right, visiting the Eiffel Tower with their friends in 2012 Close-knit: Miss Tomlinson, circled left, and Hugh Grosvenor, right, visiting the Eiffel Tower with their friends in 2012

Close-knit: Miss Tomlinson, circled left, and Hugh Grosvenor, right, visiting the Eiffel Tower with their friends in 2012

Birthday boy: The duke behind the wheel of a vintage car while Miss Tomlinson laughs  Birthday boy: The duke behind the wheel of a vintage car while Miss Tomlinson laughs 

Birthday boy: The duke behind the wheel of a vintage car while Miss Tomlinson laughs 

The Duke of Westminster went on a romantic getaway with new girlfriend Harriet Tomlinson, both 26 The Duke of Westminster went on a romantic getaway with new girlfriend Harriet Tomlinson, both 26

The Duke of Westminster went on a romantic getaway with new girlfriend Harriet Tomlinson, both 26

Miss Tomlinson, described as the 'love of the duke's life', pictured when she was at university Miss Tomlinson, described as the 'love of the duke's life', pictured when she was at university

Miss Tomlinson, described as the 'love of the duke's life', pictured when she was at university

It is believed the duke, who inherited £9.3billion after his father Gerald Grosvenor's death in August, and Miss Tomlinson were not an item at the £30,000-a-year school.

But they stayed close while at different universities, including going on holiday regularly with their friends –and their romance has blossomed more recently. 

Last night a source said: 'Harriet and Hugh have always been friends, they were in a close knit group at school.'

A source close to the new duke – ­reportedly the richest man in the world under 30 – said: 'Hugh and Harriet are blissfully happy' A source close to the new duke – ­reportedly the richest man in the world under 30 – said: 'Hugh and Harriet are blissfully happy'

A source close to the new duke – ­reportedly the richest man in the world under 30 – said: 'Hugh and Harriet are blissfully happy'

The pair jetted off to California for the romantic holiday where Hugh hired a Ford Mustang The pair jetted off to California for the romantic holiday where Hugh hired a Ford Mustang

The pair jetted off to California for the romantic holiday where Hugh hired a Ford Mustang

Miss Tomlinson, pictured at a festival with friends, is now dating the Duke of Westminster Miss Tomlinson, pictured at a festival with friends, is now dating the Duke of Westminster

Miss Tomlinson, pictured at a festival with friends, is now dating the Duke of Westminster

The source said the friends still go abroad several times a year including to ski resorts and Ibiza, and that last year car enthusiast Hugh and some pals went to Africa 'big game hunting and driving old Land Rovers'.

In the photo of the 'gang' in Paris, taken in 2012 during their university days, the duke looks unassuming in scruffy grey cords. 

In another image from one of his birthdays, Hugh is behind the wheel of a vintage car while his future girlfriend is laughing and lifting a glass of wine.

The source said: 'Harriet was sporty at school. She was in the hockey team and did cross country. She was very popular, very pretty, but she was down to earth.'

A source said Hugh (pictured here at his father's funeral) was crushed when he died A source said Hugh (pictured here at his father's funeral) was crushed when he died
Hugh's father Gerald died suddenly nine months ago Hugh's father Gerald died suddenly nine months ago

Hugh (left) became the seventh Duke of Westminster when his dad Gerald (right) died from a heart attack died nine months ago

Hugh Grosvenor following Pippa and James Middleton after the christening of Prince George Hugh Grosvenor following Pippa and James Middleton after the christening of Prince George

Hugh Grosvenor following Pippa and James Middleton after the christening of Prince George

Miss Tomlinson, the daughter of a curtain factory boss, studied teaching at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and works in recruitment. 

The duke studied countryside management at Newcastle.

As well as trips with their friends, the duke, who works for an energy firm, is thought to have gone on several romantic breaks with Miss Tomlinson, including recently to California where they are believed to have stayed in the luxury Ventana resort, where rooms cost upwards of £500 a night.

A source told the Sunday Mirror: 'Hugh and Harriet are blissfully happy. She's very much the love of his life.'

 


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