Plans have been unveiled for a final resting place for the last Plantagenet king in Leicester Cathedral. The proposed tomb will be made from honey-coloured Magnesian limestone and will bear his motto, “Loyaulte me lie” (loyalty binds me).
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Ten days after the twisted and hacked skeleton exhumed from the earth of a Midlands car park was confirmed as that of Richard III, plans have been unveiled for a more dignified final resting place for the last Plantagenet king.
The Richard III Society – which promotes research into the still-controversial 15th-century monarch – says its proposed tomb, to be housed inside Leicester Cathedral, will “honour the king’s mortal remains with a memorial in keeping with the cathedral’s interior space and ambience, while reflecting medieval royal tomb designs”.
The proposed tomb, which will be 7ft long, 3ft 6in wide and 2ft 3in high, will be made from honey-coloured Magnesian limestone and will bear his motto, “Loyaulte me lie” (loyalty binds me).
The society says the tomb will be funded entirely through donations – 65% of the money has already been raised – and that the memorial will be a gift to the people of Leicester.
But despite the heave to have Richard buried in Leicester – not to mention the petition signed by 17,000 people demanding he be interred at York – the exhumation licence granted by the Ministry of Justice stipulates that his remains be “deposited in [Leicester’s] Jewry Wall museum or else be reinterred at [the city’s] St Martin’s Cathedral or a burial ground in which internments may legally take place”, leaving his final resting place up for debate.
Leicester Cathedral, however, is already pushing ahead with its memorial plans.
On Tuesday, the cathedral said while it was happy to hear “all views” over what the king’s tomb should look like, the final decision will be taken by the members of its chapter.
A cathedral spokeswoman said the chapter would be holding a meeting on Tuesday 12 March to agree the architect’s brief.
She said: “Following the cathedral chapter meeting, the architects will be commissioned and they, with the designers, will have approximately three months to respond to the brief.
“We will then consult with partners including the University of Leicester, Leicester city council and the Richard III Society.
“The design will need to be agreed by the cathedral chapter and the cathedral fabric advisory committee before a formal application is made to the cathedral fabric commission for England probably in the autumn of 2013.
She added: “The cathedral is looking forward to continuing to work together with all the parties in partnership in order to arrive at a fitting memorial.”
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