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Wed 17th October, 2018

Bayeux Tapestry will be loaned to UK for exhibition

The famous Bayeux Tapestry is to be loaned to the UK for an exhibition, after French president Emmanuel Macron gave the go-ahead.

It will be the first time the 70 metre-long tapestry has left France for 950 years. The Bayeux Tapestry depicts the story of the Norman Conquest, which resulted in William I taking the throne and uniting the country.

the bayeux tapestry depicts the norman conquest of 1066 (john mclinden)

William the Conqueror fought at Battle, near Hastings, in 1066, winning against Harald Godwinson, also Harald II.

Although it is called a tapestry, it is in fact an embroidery stitched with 10 shades of woollen yarn.

The British Museum will exhibit the piece, probably in 2022, after years of discussions. The decision is expected to be announced by the French President today, at a meeting with Theresa May in Berkshire.

Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum, said he would be ‘honoured and delighted’ to display the embroidered item, calling the loan “a gesture of extraordinary generosity”.

the bayeux tapestry will be coming to the uk (pablo)

The Bayeux Tapestry is on permanent display at a museum in the town of Bayeux, in Normandy, and has very rarely been moved.

Reading Museum, which has its own replica of the piece, says it was probably commissioned in the 1070s by the half-brother of William the Conqueror, the Bishop Odo of Bayeux. It is thought a group of nuns created it in Canterbury, but the French dispute this.

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Victoria has a passion for British history and Constitutional Monarchy, hence her reasons for founding The Crown Chronicles. Her specialism is the Early Modern era, with particular emphasis on the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. She is also a keen reader (usually something historical), baker and shopper. Her motto is to have a full bookcase, but a fuller wardrobe. Miss Howard also works closely with the British Monarchist Foundation as their Press Secretary and Spokesman.

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