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Donations Keep Iconic Queen Elizabeth I Portrait in Britain

The "Armada Portrait" commemorates England's 1588 triumph over an invading Spanish armada

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    The Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I on display on May 23, 2016 in London, England.

    A rare 16th century portrait of Queen Elizabeth I will become public property after a donations appeal raised 10 million pounds ($13 million) to keep it in Britain. 

    The "Armada Portrait" commemorates England's 1588 triumph over an invading Spanish armada. It shows the queen in a bejeweled dress with her hand resting on a globe. Behind her, the Spanish fleet is wrecked in a storm. 

    The painting — one of three copies to survive by an unknown artist — was owned by descendants of sailor Francis Drake, who decided to sell it. 

    The appeal drew 1.5 million pounds in public donations, and millions more from charities and arts funds. 

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    The painting will be displayed inside the Queen's House on the site of the former Greenwich Palace, Elizabeth's 1533 birthplace.