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The auction on July 3 comprises the royal orders and medals awarded primarily to George, Duke of Cambridge (1819-1904), George III’s grandson and Queen Victoria’s first cousin.

This group has been passed down by direct descent, and, say the auctioneers, “their appearance on the market represents a unique opportunity to acquire treasures which until now have been held privately”.

They comprise approximately 80 lots with a combined pre-sale estimate in the region of £800,000.

In the above video released ahead of the sale, managing director of Morton & Eden James Morton explains the history of the group, how the Duke dressed for royal occasions and the significance of the individual orders.