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Sold gold medal presented to Edward VIII after he launched the Queen Mary.<br />
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A rare gold medallion presented to King Edward VIII to mark the maiden voyage of RMS Queen Mary has emerged for sale.<br />
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On one of the few public engagements as King before he abdicated, the controversial royal was a VIP guest on the luxury liner named after his mother.<br />
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It was said that Cunard had intended to name their latest vessel after Queen Victoria rather than Queen Mary of Teck.<br />
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But when bosses informed King George V of how they wanted to honour 'Britain's greatest queen' he is said to have replied 'my wife will be delighted.'<br />
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Cunard commissioned the esteemed sculptor Gilbert Bayes to produce a commemorative medal to celebrate the maiden voyage of Queen Mary in 1936.