Emperor’s hat carries the rain stains of Waterloo

One of Napoleon’s last surviving uniforms, and one he wore in exile on the Atlantic island of St Helena, has been restored but is still so fragile it can only be shown for a few days before being stored in the dark.

He wore the Imperial Guard uniform to show his British captors he was Emperor. The Chasseur à Chev­al colonel’s uniform is in the Musée de Sens in Yonne and has been one of its treasures for more than 150 years.

Beside it in the museum is his emblematic bicorne hat. It still ...

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