Elizabeth I's seal purse discovered

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A velvet cover of the Great Seal of Queen Elizabeth I has been discovered during a routine valuation of the contents of a cluttered storeroom, it was reported last night Ornately embroidered in gold and silver threads and sequins, the velvet purse bears the initials ER on both sides of a Tudor rose. Images of an English lion and a Welsh dragon support the royal coat of arms.

The discovery of the cover, which was used to store the solid silver Great Seal and featuring the ER initials as a symbol of the power of the crown, has excited historians. Several purses were used although there was only one seal, which was broken up on the death of the queen.