King joined the Royal Navy in 1822, and in 1841 was promoted to Captain. He commanded the ships during the Crimean War, and in September 1856 accompanied Earl Granville, leader of the Liberal party in the House of Lords and head of the British delegation, as a British representative to the coronation of Tsar Alexander II in St Petersburg, Russia. In 1864, King received the senior appointment of Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Navy in the East Indies and China. The Order of the Bath is the fourth-most senior of the British Orders of Chivalry, and its recipients are usually senior military officers or public servants. Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, was a Grand Master of the Order, and today Charles, Prince of Wales, is the Grand Master. Presidents Eisenhower and Reagan were honorary members. To honor King, Queen Victoria determined to confer upon him this much coveted Order. Document Signed, the Queen's residence at Balmoral, May 24, 1873, naming King a Knight Commander of the Order's Military Division. This is accompanied by a number of other documents relating to the appointment, including the cover letter from the Order's Registrar to King conveying the document, and the docketing sleeve.Auction records indicate that only three Orders of the Bath appointments have come up in the past 20 years, this being the first we have had. N° de ref. de la librería
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