The Bayeux Tapestry is Leaving France for the First Time in Almost 1,000 Years

By Shabana Arif on at

France is lending the Bayeux Tapestry to England which is kind of a big deal as the 70-metre long tapestry hasn't left the country for 950 years, but we won't see it on these shores for a good while yet.

“This is huge. This is an extraordinary diplomatic outreach by the president of France and a fantastic gesture of goodwill from one of our nearest and closest allies,” said Tom Tugendhat, chair of parliament’s foreign affairs committee.

"It’s a fantastic opportunity for the British people to see one of the seminal works in our national history."

The tapestry depicts the Battle of Hastings, during which William the Conqueror whooped King Harold's butt. Some work needs to be done on it before it'll be ready to leave France, which is why we won't see it for a while.

"The president had insisted during his speech in Athens on a Europe of culture and the arts, and it’s important to put this in practice with our British neighbours to symbolise the strength of our historical relationship," said an official at the presidential Elysee Palace. [Reuters]

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