Remnants of a dress belonging to Queen Elizabeth I may have been found in a richly embroidered altar cloth in Bacton in Herefordshire.
Preserved for centuries in a small rural church in Bacton, the fabric has been identified by experts as a piece of a 16th century dress, which may even have belonged to Queen Elizabeth.
Dating back to the last decades of the 16th century, the altar cloth that hung in a glass case at St Faith's Church has long been associated with Parry, who was born in Bacton.
Rumoured for centuries to be connected to the Tudor Queen, the story of the object is uncovered in a new book from Historic Royal Palaces joint chief curator, Tracy Borman, called The Private Lives Of The Tudors.
Although famous for her lavish wardrobe, it was not unusual for Elizabeth I to pass on her discarded clothes to her confidantes after they outlived their usefulness.
A detailed examination of the altar cloth by Historic Royal Palaces curators has strengthened a theory that it once formed part of a court dress.