Reflections on the Reburial of Richard III

Richard III's reburial has now been completed, and in many ways this controversial project went well - perhaps better than some had expected. At all events, I personally was happy overall with the sum total.

Why then did television cameras pick up a raising of my eyebrows? Since I myself have not seen this I can't give one simple answer. But I know I raised my eyebrows several times during Thursday's reburial service.

The first time was when I read, on page 5 of the order of service, that Richard was born on 3 May 1452!

The second time was when I saw on page 7 a statement that DESCENDANTS of Richard were attending his reburial. Richard has no living descendants.

Page 7 also stated that the University of Leicester had discovered the royal remains. Since the project had started in 2005, with a dig proposal from myself and Philippa Langley to Time Team, while the university was not in any way involved in the work until 2011, that also raised my eyebrows - as did a repetition of that claim by the university in the eulogy.

I and the Looking for Richard Project Team have no problem with acknowledging the excellent work carried out by the University of Leicester - most particularly Dr Turi King -  after the royal bones were found. But the claim that the university was responsible for the discovery itself is untrue, and it raises - and will always raise - my eyebrows.