Royals to sell off £1m family treasures

Author: By Tony Jones, Press Association

The rare artefacts, including silverware, paintings, jewellery and furniture,
will go under the hammer at Christie’s sale rooms in London.

The items belonged to Prince George, the former Duke of Kent, and his wife
Princess Marina.

The Duke was killed in 1942, aged 39, when the plane he was flying in crashed
into a mountain in Scotland. His wife died in 1968, aged 61, from an
inoperable brain tumour.

Their children – Prince Michael, the present Duke of Kent and Princess
Alexandra, Lady Ogilvy – have put their parents’ collection up for sale in
November.

The auction is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the trio.

From next year Prince and Princess Michael of Kent will have to find funds to
pay the £120,000 rent for their Kensington Palace apartment.

This is the first time the royal couple have been charged a commercial rate
for the five-bedroom property. Previously the Queen covered her cousin’s
£10,000-a-month rent bill.

Among the items being sold are a portrait of Princess Louise painted by her
mother Queen Victoria, which is expected to raise up to £15,000.

The red silk chair and stool used by the Duke at the coronation of his brother
George VI in 1937 will also go under the hammer and has an estimated value
of £15,000 to £30,000.

A set of four George III mahogany hall benches have the largest estimate –
£60,000 to £100,000.

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