The Bayeux Tapestry could be put on display in Britain following reports French President Emmanuel Macron has agreed to allow the artwork to leave France for the first time in 950 years.
The tapestry, nearly 70 metres long, depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror against his opponent Harold, Earl of Wessex, and culminates in the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
According to The Times, Mr Macron is expected to announce the loan of the artwork when he meets British Prime Minister Theresa May at Sandhurst tomorrow.
The paper said the director of the Bayeux Museum in Normandy, where the tapestry is currently based, confirmed preparations were under way for the embroidery to be re-located.
However, he said tests would need to be carried out to make sure it could be moved without being damaged.
The location for the display in Britain is not thought to have been decided and it could take five years before it reaches British shores.
The tapestry, which dates from 1077, last left Normandy in 1945, when it was put on display at the Louvre in Paris.
Mr Macron will hold talks with Mrs May at the summit, which a spokesman said would highlight cross-channel co-operation on issues such as climate change, air pollution, cyber threats and the human genome.
Mrs May has welcomed the plan to loan the tapestry to the UK, describing it as "very significant".
The Bayeux Tapestry is:
- Nearly 70 metres long, 50cm high and made of nine panels of linen cloth.
- Although it is called a tapestry it is in fact an embroidery stitched with 10 shades of woollen yarn.
- Over a succession of scenes, it chronicles events leading up to the Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror and culminates in the Battle of Hastings and the defeat of Harold in 1066.
- Nothing is known for certain about its origins, with the first written record appearing in the Bayeux Cathedral's inventory of treasures in 1476.
- Napoleon put it on display in Paris in 1804 and it was briefly exhibited at the city's Louvre in 1944.
- The work is currently exhibited in the Bayeux Museum in Normandy.