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The artwork depicts the Battle of Hastings and the events leading up to William the Conqueror's Norman conquest of England in 1066.

The huge tapestry, which measures approximately 225 feet (69 meters) long, will not be moved until 2020 as it must first undergo a series of tests, Bayeux Museum spokeswoman Fanny Garbe said.

"It is very significant that the Bayeux Tapestry is going to be coming to the United Kingdom and that people are going to be able to see this", May told lawmakers in the House of Commons. There he will meet with Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss defence and migration policy.

Writing on Twitter, broadcast journalist Robert Peston commented that "lending the United Kingdom a magnificent depiction of the last time this country was invaded and subjugated is a wonderful Gallic joke by Emmanuel Macron".

May acknowledged that members of parliament representing the seaside town of Hastings, and neighbouring Battle inland, where the clash took place, were keen to host the tapestry in their constituencies.

"We would be honoured and delighted to display it at the British Museum, the UK's most visited and internationally respected institution", its director Hartwig Fischer said. Napoleon put it on display in Paris in 1804, when he was planning an invasion of England.

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According to the Reading Museum, there is evidence to suggest that the work was commissioned by William the Conqueror's half brother, Bishop Odo of Bayeux, and made in Kent, in southern England.

Other theories are that it was made in Bayeux itself or perhaps in an abbey in the Loire region of central France.

"As Britain seeks to renegotiate its relationship with France, there could scarcely be a better symbol of the close yet fraught ties that have bound the two nations together", Medieval historian Levi Roach said.

The British royal family still has the French words "Dieu Et Mon Droit" (God and my Right) on its coat of arms.

Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce that the artefact depicting the Norman conquest of England after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 will be moved from its current location in Normandy to the United Kingdom at an Anglo-French summit on Thursday.

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