Prince George’s father Adolphus, 1st Duke of Cambridge was one of the seven first Knights Grand Cross of the Order, founded on 28 April 1834 (Duke Wilhelm’s 28th birthday). Adolphus’s set of insignia of the Order was included in the 1904 auction of Decorations of the Dukes of Cambridge (lots 766 and 767), and is very probably the Princely Grade type described and illustrated by Klenau, Graf Arnhard, Orden in Deutschland und Österreich, vol. 2, Offenbach, 2008, where the breast star (pp 152-153, no 1182) carries the engraved ‘No. 1’ in the distinctive Cambridge style and is firmly attributed to the 1st Duke.
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