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Castle's 2.5m revamp displayed
A copy of the letters
The exhibition marks the end of the castle's revamp
Letters between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley form part of a new display which has just gone on show to mark the end of a 2.5m investment project.

The Gatehouse at Kenilworth Castle, once Dudley's home, in Warwickshire has been restored to look how it would have when it was last used as a home.

The letters, written almost 500 years ago, used symbols similar to modern text speak, experts said.

The symbols @@ have been used as substitutes for pet names.

Married Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, is thought to have been a favourite of the Queen.

The last two hand-written letters he wrote to her before he died are among the exhibition which also features their portraits and tapestry work.


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