New exhibition at Hampton Court Palace, London

Elizabethan gifts to link with new exhibition at Hampton Court Palace

To mark the opening of a new exhibition at Hampton Court Palace, The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I, on 12 October, Tudor-enthusiasts can now shop for Elizabethan inspired gifts on the Historic Royal Palaces online shop at and in our on-site palace gift shops.

Be inspired by the embroidery of the stunning textile – known as the Bacton Altar Cloth – which was once part of a dress worn by Elizabeth I. The exhibition will also feature the iconic ‘Rainbow Portrait’, which depicts the ‘Virgin Queen’ wearing an outfit filled with hidden symbols and motifs. The skirt features images of ears and eyes, while the coiled serpent on one arm depicts wisdom and a jeweled heart represents mercy.

Serpent ring

This silver and marcasite serpent ring bears a great resemblance to the snake displayed on Elizabeth I’s sleeve in the iconic ‘Rainbow Portrait’.

Embroiderer cushion

Embroidery was a favourite pastime for Elizabethan women. The detail of this cushion is taken from a tapestry created around 1500.

Elizabeth I portrait cushion

This square cushion shows Elizabeth I in a portrait taken from an original historical painting.  It is made of soft faux suede and includes the cushion pad.

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