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Queen’s servant charged with stealing two prestigious medals from Buckingham Palace

A SERVANT to the Queen has been charged with stealing two prestigious medals from Buckingham Palace.

Adamo Canto, 37, allegedly took a Companion of the Order of the Bath gong and a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order medal.

The first one was reportedly listed on auction website eBay for £350.

It belongs to retired Navy vice-admiral Sir Anthony Johnstone-Burt, 62.

He is currently the Queen’s Master of the Household — in charge of “below stairs” operations.

The second award belongs to retired British Army officer Major General Matthew Sykes, 65.

He served in the Royal Household from 2007 to 2010.

Canto is also accused of taking other items from the Royal Household and Royal Shop.

These are said to include engraved glasses, picture frames bearing Prince Harry’s insignia and handcrafted Smythson stationery.

Canto, of Scarborough, North Yorks, has been charged with theft and is due before Westminster magistrates on Monday.

He is understood to have made regular posts on social media about visits to royal estates such as Balmoral and  Sandringham.

Canto also boasted of his invitations to the 2018 weddings of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.

He is a TikTok user and posted a video on the app of him pointing at Buckingham Palace behind him and is seen miming to the lyrics of Consider Yourself from Oliver Twist.

Dozens of videos show him dancing and entertaining himself during lockdown. 

Photos of The Queen and Prince Philip are in the background. 

A family member told The Sun: “It is just not like him to do anything like this.

"He has been working there at least six years and loves it.”

Buckingham Palace did not comment.

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