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Bayeux Tapestry set to visit UK

Emmanuel Macron expected to formally announce the loan on Thursday

The Bayeux Tapestry will reportedly be loaned to Britain for display, the first time the artefact has been allowed out of France in 950 years.

French President Emmanuel Macron has agreed to loan the tapestry, which depicts the Norman conquest of Britain, following years of talks between the British and French culture departments.

The Times says Macron is expected to formally announce the “historic loan of the artwork” during a meeting with Theresa May in Berkshire tomorrow.

However, it could be as long as five years before the tapestry arrives in Britain, as the loan is “subject to the outcome of tests to ensure that it is safe to move the 11th Century artwork”, the BBC says.

The Guardian says there have been previous unsuccessful attempts to have the tapestry displayed in Britain, “once for the Queen’s coronation in 1953; and in 1966 for the 900-year anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.”

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