Chinese Emperor's Robe.

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Chinese Emperor’s Robe - Copyright The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum

Embroidered silk robe and sleeves which once belonged to the Emperor of China. It was taken from the Imperial Palace by Captain Henry Ely of the 99th Regiment - an antecedent regiment of the Wiltshire Regiment.

In 1860 the 99th Regiment was part of an expedition to China and participated in the sacking of Peking. A Pekinese dog belonging to the Chinese Empress was found and christened "Lootie". It was the first Pekinese to appear in England and was presented to Queen Victoria.

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