Reaction to the Reburial Plans for Richard III

Burying Richard III

How do you solve the problem of reburying a medieval King in the 21stCentury? On 16th June 2014, the Diocese of Leicester attempted to answer that question when they revealed the plans for their re-internment of King Richard III.

The Diocese released details of the coffin, tomb and setting of the burial in the cathedral.

But controversy still rages about whether the cathedral’s plans truly befit the King whom Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society dubbed as “the last warrior King.”

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Revised Tomb for Richard III

Much digital ink has already been spilled on the plans for the burial of the remains of England's King Richard III, discovered under a car park in Leicester in August of 2012. From the location of the re-interment to the rite and creed of the ritual itself, nearly every detail has courted controversy from some quarter. The present proposed burial site, Leicester Cathedral, has been approved by a high court ruling, which supporters of a more traditional location at York (including some distant relatives of the king) have indicated they will not challenge. One should note that Leicester Cathedral was not raised to its present status until 1927, and the impetus for the Leicester reburial ultimately comes from the university who dug the king up and local officials.

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"Finding Richard III: The Official Account"

LFR members have been busy over the past few months compiling an academic style publication in booklet form which will be the official, authentic account of all the research, preparations and negotiations involved in mounting the search for Richard III’s grave.

It cites sources dating back to the 15th century, as well as research by the team and its predecessors going back to 1975 which informed our understanding of where his body lay, and prompted us to make the effort of trying to find him. It will include diagrams, maps, and 22 pages of original documents and papers published for the very first time.

Due to be published in a few weeks – please look out for notice of publication date.

The Daily Mail and the Richard III Crown

His body was buried 600 years ago without any pomp and ceremony befitting of a king.

But now the traditional funeral crown that Richard III never had, has gone on display in York.

The golden headpiece was commissioned for the last king of the House of York by a leading historian who was involved in the archaeological dig that discovered Richard III’s remains beneath a car park in Leicester.


The Crown goes to York

Media cuttings about the crown for Richard III, commissioned by Dr. John Ashdown Hill

Dr John Ashdown-Hill, who was involved in the archaeological dig that discovered Richard's remains, commissioned a valuable 15th century-style coronet in tribute to Richard, and it is now on display to visitors at the museum in Monk Bar, before it starts a tour of the country and plays a part in the king's reburial.

York Press


Sarah Maltby, Director at Jorvik group, which runs the Richard III Experience, said: “Richard III’s reign may have been short but his influence on York cannot be underestimated.

"The Richard III Experience is the perfect place for people to explore Richard’s life and reign and we are excited to have access to the replica crown."

The Funeral Crown will be on display until early July .

Darlington and Stockton Times


York may have lost out as the final resting place of infamous monarch Richard III but it has come up with the crowning glory for his funeral.

The Northern Echo