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Hundreds of people took the chance to see a crown that will adorn Richard III’s coffin when he is eventually re-buried.

The 15th century English king’s remains were found under a Leicester car park in 2012.

And one of those who helped to confirm that the body was that of the former monarch, Dr John Ashdown-Hill, paid for a crown to be made for his reburial.

He put it on public display for the first time on Saturday, during Tewkesbury Medieval Festival’s Armour at the Abbey event.

Spokeswoman Amanda Thomas said it had been wonderful that the town had been chosen for the first public glimpse of the crown, which is gold-plated metal and contains sapphires, rubies, emeralds and turquoises.

And she said that Armour at the Abbey had been a big hit too and might become an annual event.

“It was a fantastic weekend for Tewkesbury. There was great interest in the crown. Right from the beginning, it was manic and we were run off our feet.”

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Dr John Ashdown-Hill, from Lawford, Essex, taught languages at Farlingaye High School, in Woodbridge, before embarking the Looking For Richard project, which found the lost grave in Leicester.

He designed and commissioned the crown, which went on show in Gloucestershire last weekend for an event commemorating the Battle of Tewkesbury on May 4, 1471.

A funeral crown would have been at the centre of the kind of ceremony Richard III was denied when killed in the 1845 Battle of Bosworth. The much-maligned king was accused of locking his nephews in the Tower of London and stealing the throne.

Dr Ashdown-Hill accompanied the crown to Tewkesbury Abbey, where he discussed his recent quest to establish whether or not bones buried the abbey belong to Richard III’s brother, the Duke of Clarence, who was supposedly drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine.

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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.