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Bacton Altar Cloth at Hampton Court Palace

05th Nov 2019

Recycling old clothes at the church’s bring and buy sale is not a new phenomenon. But how many of us can brag about finding a 400-year old dress, previously worn by Elizabeth I?

For a unique chance to see the lost dress of Elizabeth I, commonly referred to as the Bacton Altar Cloth, together with the iconic ‘Rainbow Portrait’, thought to be one and the same, make use of your free family entry to Hampton Court Palace.

Only on display until 23 February 2020, this rare opportunity to see the only surviving example from her Royal Highnesses’ private wardrobe, is a chance not to be missed.

Here be dragons

For fair weather or foul, Hampton Court Palace offers something for everyone.

  • Start your own adventure in 750 acres of parkland and formal gardens or lose yourself in the world’s oldest hedge maze
  • Let your mini princes and princesses explore the ‘magic garden’ or unlock the secrets of the infamous Haunted Gallery
  • Skate back in time on the Hampton Court ice rink, with an unparalleled view of the stunning Tudor palace. The rink is open from 22 November to 5 January

Do you have the heart and stomach of a king?

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