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The painting was put up for sale by descendants of Drake

LONDON, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Britain's reigning Queen Elizabeth II has been in the limelight this year for the occasion of her 90th birthday. But the spotlight Friday was on her namesake, Queen Elizabeth I, who reigned more than four centuries ago.


A public appeal has enabled London's Royal Museums Greenwich to acquire an oil painting of Queen Elizabeth I, the last monarch of the Tudor dynasty.


Grants from public bodies and donations from more than 8,000 members of the public have raised almost 13.6 million U.S. dollars to save the painting for the nation.


The painting, measuring 1.1 meters by 1.25 meters, known as the Armada Portrait, is regarded as a masterpiece of the English Renaissance period.


The portrait commemorates the most famous naval conflict of Queen Elizabeth I's reign, the failed invasion of England by the Spanish Armada in 1588, regarded as one of the greatest military victories in English history.


The painting is among the most famous images of Queen Elizabeth I.


A spokesman for the Arts Fund said: "This remarkable historic portrait will enter public ownership for the first time in its 425-year-history."


It will go on public display on Oct. 11, following major restoration work, at the Queen's House, the birthplace of Queen Elizabeth I.


The painting was once owned by one of Britain's most famous sailors, Sir Francis Drake. Drake was second-in-command of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada in 1588.


The painting was put up for sale by descendants of Drake and attracted a groundswell of public support from people wanting to ensure that the painting never left the shores of Britain.


Kevin Fewster, director of Royal Museums Greenwich, said Friday: "The support enables us to bring the painting into the national collection thus safeguarding its future, and also allowing us to make it the centerpiece of future displays, talks, tours, and education initiatives."


Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: "This campaign has been a triumph of popular will. The painting captured the national imagination in 2016...Record numbers of donors, large and small, stepped forward with determination and generosity."


SAO PAULO www.cheapairmax270shoes.com , June 19 (Xinhua) -- Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who missed Uruguay's opening match at the World Cup through injury, returned to starting line-up against England and became the Man of the Match to make the difference here on Thursday.


Suarez had been doubtful for the game following surgery last month to repair a small meniscus tear, but his brace helped Uruguay beat England 2-1 in the Group of Death which also contains Italy and Costa Rica.


Uruguay and England cheap nike air max 270 online , both losing in the first round of World Cup Group D, fought closely to survive the group.


Suarez haunted his Liverpool team-mates in the 39th minute when the ball was spread to forward Edinson Cavani on the Uruguay left. Cavani chipped a delicate ball in to the onrushing Suarez, who nodded superbly past England keeper Joe Hart.


Ten minutes after Wayne Rooney scored his first-ever World Cup goal to equalize, Suarez broke through a static Three Lions defense in the 85th minute cheap nike air max 270 shoes , smashing home past Hart to seal the crucial win.


Suarez, 27, said after the match that he endured a difficult spell on the sidelines following the injury to his knee, and has expressed his gratitude towards his family for their support.


"This is incredible. I had told my team-mates that I had a dream that I was going to score two goals in this match cheap nike air max 270 ," he said.


"We had to win this match and we did it playing like Uruguay does in these kind of games. Now we have to think about Italy, another very important rival.


"This victory is for all those people who said so many bad things about the team, it's for them," he said.


Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said cheap nike air max flair womens , "Suarez is a wonderful player. We admire him."


Suarez has scored 39 goals in his 77 international caps for Uruguay. He was also this season's English Premier League top-scorer with 31 goals.


In 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Suarez was sent off for his deliberate handball in the last seconds of extra-time. Ghana missed the resulting spot-kick and Uruguay eventually went through on penalties.


Today, Suarez said that the game against Italy would be another final and that the team would keep fighting until the end.


ishiCARACAS, May 7 (Xinhua) -- At least eight bodies have been found in the southern Venezuela's Amazonas state cheap nike air max flair mens , where an army helicopter disappeared in December, the prosecutor-general's office announced Sunday.


Until now, eight bodies have been recovered and transferred to Puerto Ayacucho, the capital of Amazonas state cheap nike air max flair , so that they may be identified by the forensic team in the coming hours, read the statement.


On December 30, 2016, a military helicopter disappeared as it travelled toward the airport of La Esmeralda in the northern part of the state. It had 13 people on board cheap nike air max tn womens , including five civilians, four soldiers, and four crew members.


The helicopter crashed in an area of dense rainforest, making it difficult to find. It was found on May 2 by a special army group looking for it.


The statement added that a group of disaster experts would "remain in the relevant area" to search for the rest of those on board.


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