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Does anyone have a clear photo or know if Edward VII wore his mother's monogram cypher "VR" on his Field Marshal and Admiral of the Fleet uniform shoulder boards/epaulettes?

I can't find a clear photo to tell. 

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It was common for British monarchs to wear the cypher of their predecessor on their shoulder boards and epaulettes, I assume because they were honorary adjutants to them. The photo above is very detailed but I cannot make out what's on his shoulder cords. Should be an embroidered field marshal insignia, crossed batons with a surmounting crown but who knows? There is some kind of metal device that looks like a silver crown at the shoulder end. Anyone know?

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Let's simplify:  What's the shiny thing (photo above) on his shoulder cords nearest the camera?

 

Also: See this portrait: Lots of stuff on his shoulder cords but it's a retouched photo, so who knows?images-9.jpeg.ed625e03d72dc6dce994be86bb86d52e.jpeg

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