King Richard in Leicester
The focus for all Plantagenet enthusiasts in March 2015 is Richard III. The recently-discovered (and authenticated) bones of Richard III will be laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral during the last week of March. This is an event the likes of which will probably not be seen again.
In order to keep up with all the events, you will definitely want to bookmark http://kingrichardinleicester.com/
There you will find updates about progress at the cathedral, interesting news stories, and a wonderful “100-day Countdown” to the actual reinterment.
If you are among those fortunate enough to be able to spend time in Leicester in March, you will find a full roster of events – ranging from guided tours, to theatrical productions and activities for children, demonstrations of falconry and – of course! a medieval banquet. There will be talks on a wide variety of topics; one very special speaker will be Philippa Langley, the indefatigable head of the Looking for Richard Project, whose determination over a seven-year period was key to the discovery of Richard.
Richard III’s ceremonial religious reburial is, of course, the main focus. Richard’s coffin will be received at Leicester Cathedral on Sunday, March 22. The King will lay in repose at the cathedral for the following three days, during which time the cathedral is open to any member of the public who wishes to pay their respects (queues will undoubtedly be very, very long).
The actual Service of Reinterment will occur at Leicester Cathedral on Thursday, March 26. Seating for the service is by invitation only (a third of the seats were open to the public and selection made by lottery); there will also be giant TV screens outside the Cathedral for viewing.
After the service, the King’s coffin will be placed privately in its vault, and the tomb moved into place over the vault. The Cathedral will then be reopened on Friday, March 27, to those who wish to view and pay their respects to the King in his final, completed resting place.
It is to be hoped that the Website will remain maintained and “current” well past the actual reinterment, for the sake of future visitors to Leicester. It provides an excellent all-purpose portal to the sites of the participating “Ricardian institutions” – not just the Cathedral, but also the new Richard III Visitors Centre, the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, the University of Leicester, and “Visit Leicester” for those all-important details on where to stay, dine and shop as well as information about the other pieces of Leicester’s long history (Roman ruins!).