Skirt of Elizabeth I – level 3

18-01-2017 15:00

For hundreds of years, people used an old piece of fabric as an altar cloth in a rural church, but historians pieced together clues about the cloth’s origins over the past year and discovered that it is of huge historical significance.

It was once part of a skirt that belonged to Queen Elizabeth I who ruled from 1558 until her death in 1603. It may even have been part of the outfit worn by the Tudor Queen in one of her famous portraits.

People believe that the queen gifted the cloth to a devoted lady-in-waiting who was a parishioner in the village in the West Midlands. Historians think that the cloth is the only surviving piece of clothing belonging to Queen Elizabeth I. Once its restoration is complete, it will go on display at Hampton Court Palace.

Difficult words: rural (the countryside), lady-in-waiting (a woman who serves a queen), parishioner (a person who lives in a particular church parish – a small administrative district with its own church).

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