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A hairpin belonging to French queen Catherine de Medici (1519-89) has been discovered in a toilet at a palace outside Paris.

The artefact was found in a latrine as Fontainebleau Palace was being prepared for restoration.

Officials said it was the first time such a possession has been found. Catherine was queen of France from 1547-59

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The three-and-a-half inch pin bore the initial “C” and the white and green finish known to be Catherine’s colours. Conservator Vincent Droguet said the pin’s location in a communal toilet – as opposed to a private one – was a “mystery”.

He added: “Perhaps it was stolen, and just fell in.”