Queen Elizabeth I dress may have been found in Herefordshire

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2016-05-16 15:47:48

Experts believe they may have found a fragment of a silk dress belonging to Queen Elizabeth I in an of altar cloth in Herefordshire.

The cloth was located at the St Faith's Church in Bacton and was identified by experts as a piece of dress from the 16th century. 

The fabric has long been associated with Blanche Parry, a servant of Queen Elizabeth I, and historians believe that the monarch may have gifted the dress to Parry. 

The fabric itself is made from cloth of silver which was by law only permitted to be worn by royalty or those of the aristocracy-meaning the Bacton born Parry is unlikely to have owned such a garment without some kind of royal connection.

Historic Royal Palaces are now working closely with St Faith's Church and by experts at  Hampton Court Palace where the cloth is to be displayed in the future. 

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