Exhibition in England - The ​L​ost dress of Queen Elizabeth I

One of Elizabeth I's lost dresses to go on display at Hampton Court after thousand hours of conservation work...

Queen Elizabeth I was famed for the magnificence of her dresses, and there was excitement four years ago when an altar cloth in a tiny church in Herefordshire was identified as possibly the only surviving fabric from one of them. Now, after 1,000 hours of conservation and research by the Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), the skill of the 16th-century embroiderer who lavishly enhanced a cloth of silver was even more extraordinary than previously realised.

Eleri Lynn, curator of the HRP dress collection, stated that, when they unpicked the back and removed a linen cover, they could see that the embroidery had been worked directly on to a cloth of silver, an astonishing achievement, making (...)


For years, an incredibly rare Tudor treasure lay tucked away in a church in the rural hamlet of Bacton. This altar cloth has long been associated with Elizabeth I through Blanche Parry, her long time servant who was born in Bacton. Now, new research has uncovered that this is in fact part of a dress worn by someone of the highest nobility at the Elizabethan court. Evidence points directly to the wardrobe of Elizabeth I, making it the only known surviving example of Elizabeth's clothing.


Conservation of the Bacton Altar Cloth has been generously supported by : The Leche Trust; Lord Barnby's Foundation ; The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers; and, The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers.


See the Lost Dress of Elizabeth I in a new exhibition at Hampton Court Palace

From 12 October 2019 - 23 February 2020: bit.ly/TheLostDressLost dress of Queen

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