Queen Elizabeth the First's skirt discovered in rural church

“When I saw it for the first time I knew immediately that it was something special"

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A piece of fabric believed to be part of a skirt worn by Queen Elizabeth I is to go on display at Hampton Court Palace.

Eleri Lynn, curator of historic dress at Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), first discovered the cloth hanging on a wall in the 13th-century church of St Faith, Bacton, last year, reports the Daily Telegraph.

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She said: "When I saw it for the first time I knew immediately that it was something special. As I examined it, I felt as though I had found the Holy Grail, the Mona Lisa of fashion. None of Elizabeth I's dresses are known to have survived, but everything we have learnt since then points to it being worn by Elizabeth."