Skirt of Elizabeth I

Skirt of Elizabeth

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This news is from a small village. It is in England. The church in the village has a piece of cloth. People think that it is old.

Scientists study the cloth. They say that it belonged to Queen Elizabeth I. She was in power from 1558 to 1603.

The cloth was part of the queen’s skirt. It is Queen Elizabeth’s only piece of clothing that we have today.

Difficult words: cloth (a fabric, a textile, a material for clothes), belonged (past of “belong”; if something belongs to you, you have it).

Level 2

For hundreds of years, an old piece of fabric was used as an altar cloth in a small church. The church is in the country in England.

Historians studied the origins of the cloth, and they found out that it has great historical value. It was once part of a skirt of Queen Elizabeth I. It is probably the only piece of clothing we have from the queen today.

Queen Elizabeth ruled England from 1558 until her death in 1603. People believe that the queen gave the cloth to a good lady-in-waiting who was from the area.

Difficult words: altar (the table in a Christian church), value (if something has a value, it is important), lady-in-waiting (a woman who serves a queen).

Level 3

For hundreds of years, people used an old piece of fabric as an altar cloth in a rural church, but historians pieced together clues about the cloth’s origins over the past year and discovered that it is of huge historical significance.

It was once part of a skirt that belonged to Queen Elizabeth I who ruled from 1558 until her death in 1603. It may even have been part of the outfit worn by the Tudor Queen in one of her famous portraits.

People believe that the queen gifted the cloth to a devoted lady-in-waiting who was a parishioner in the village in the West Midlands. Historians think that the cloth is the only surviving piece of clothing belonging to Queen Elizabeth I. Once its restoration is complete, it will go on display at Hampton Court Palace.

Difficult words: rural (the countryside), lady-in-waiting (a woman who serves a queen), parishioner (a person who lives in a particular church parish – a small administrative district with its own church).

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