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City and county plan huge welcome for reinterment visitors

Leicester and Leicestershire are preparing to welcome thousands of people from across the globe with a huge programme of events and activities to tie in with the reburial of King Richard lll.

More than 100 special events and activities will run from Friday 20 March, leading up to and beyond the reinterment of the king in Leicester Cathedral on Thursday 26 March.

Organisations across the city and county will be inviting people to join them for what promises to be a momentous week for the area, as the eyes of the world focus on the final journey of the last King of England to die in battle.

Leicester’s City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “It’s hard to believe that tomorrow (February 4) will be two years to the day since the human remains found beneath a Leicester car park were confirmed as those of King Richard lll.

“We are now only weeks away from his reinterment in Leicester Cathedral, which is only 100 steps away from where he was hastily buried more than 500 years ago.

“A huge amount of hard work and planning has gone into ensuring he is laid to rest with dignity and honour, and that people from all over the city, county and indeed the world can be a part of this historic event.

“We look forward to welcoming them here, and to sharing this unique occasion with them.”

Events taking place throughout the week range from the opening of new Medieval Leicester Galleries at the city’s historic Guildhall on Friday 20 March, to a special King Richard lll service at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre on Sunday 22 March. Ticket details for this event are due to be announced shortly.

Nick Rushton, leader of Leicestershire County Council said: “Next month’s reinterment is going to be a unique historic occasion which is designed to give King Richard lll the dignified burial he was denied over 500 years ago. We’re delighted that Bosworth and nearby villages will be playing a central role.”

The University of Leicester will hold a number of events throughout the week, including King Richard lll Day on Saturday 21 March. Visitors will be able to hear from the experts who made these historical discoveries, experiment with DNA extraction, sample a medieval banquet and much more.

Screenwriter Phillipa Langley, who led the search for King Richard lll will be at Leicester’s Guildhall on Saturday 21 March to tell the story of her seven-and-a-half year journey to uncover the king’s grave through the Looking for Richard project.

And from 8.10am (everyone to be seated by 7.30am) on Sunday 22 March, Leicester Cathedral will host a service, open to all, to mark the week of the reinterment.

Leicester to rebury king

Leicester Cathedral will be the final resting place for King Richard III.

The Royal Courts of Justice announced on Friday 23rd May 2014 that there are no public law grounds for the court to interfere with the reburial of the king, and for that reason the application for judicial review put forward by the Plantagenet Alliance has been dismissed.

The decision was reached by three High Court judges who had reviewed whether the exhumation licence obtained by the University of Leicester was lawful.

The Plantagenet Alliance had called for the judicial review, arguing that consultation should have taken place on the king’s reburial place, once it was confirmed that the bones exhumed by the University of Leicester were those of King Richard III.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “I am delighted that Leicester Cathedral can now proceed with its plans to give King Richard III a dignified reburial here in the city.

“With the support of the city council and the University of Leicester, the cathedral is now planning for the king’s reinterment to take place in the spring of next year.

“This will be a momentous event for the city and county, and an opportunity to show the rest of the world that Leicester is the rightful resting place for the last Plantagenet King of England.

“I have always said that Leicester needs to be more self-confident if it is to thrive, and this news gives us yet another reason to celebrate all that is good about our city, and to look forward with confidence and pride.”

King Richard III’s remains were discovered in August 2012 during a project involving the University of Leicester, Leicester City Council and The Richard III Society. In February 2013, the University of Leicester announced overwhelming scientific evidence that the remains were those of the last Plantagenet king, who died at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

Last updated January 2016