Richard III's Crown on display in Tewkesbury

A crown has been made for the reburial of Richard III. The 15th-century-style crown has taken 15 months to make and is plated with gold. The circle is set with enamelled white roses and pearls. On the roses are set rubies and sapphires. On the crosses of the crown are more enamelled white roses, set with emeralds and turquoises. 

The crown has been constructed to a size based on the head measurements taken from the king's remains which were discovered in Leicester city centre under a car park in August 2012.

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Leicester Mercury: the Crown takes shape

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The Rev Pete Hobson, canon missioner at Leicester Cathedral, said: "We're really pleased John has been able to produce this wonderful crown.

"It remains our intention to give it pride of place within the reinterment ceremony as and when we're allowed to proceed."

A funeral pall to be draped over the coffin is also being made and commemorative stained-glass windows will tell the story of Richard III.

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Leicester Mercury: New row over resting place

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The University of Leicester has been accused of backtracking on an agreement to house Richard III's remains at a Catholic site until they are reinterred.

Members of the Looking For Richard team, which was set up by Philippa Langley – the driving force behind the search – claim the university agreed to release the remains once scientific testing had finished.

Dr John Ashdown-Hill, genealogist with the Looking For Richard team, said a document completed before any archaeological excavation had begun stated the bones would be placed in a "prayerful environment" until they were reburied.

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Leicester Mercury: Crowning Glory

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A gold, garnet and sapphire crown will adorn the coffin of King Richard III when he is finally laid to rest – wherever that might be.

The regal gift has been paid for by Dr John Ashdown-Hill, who worked with Philippa Langley to identify distant relatives of the Plantagenet monarch, which led to his identification.

Dr Ashdown-Hill has said he had no preference where the king is reburied, so the crown has not been committed to any cathedral in particular.

However, clergy at St Martin's in Leicester have said the gift is more than welcome to play a part in proceedings should a judicial review rule in the city's favour, in March.

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