Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester has met with the Richard III society over how his 15th-century namesake [and title]’s dignity can be preserved. Prince Richard met with Dr Philip Stone, chairman of the Richard III Society and Philippa Langley, the person who initiated the project to find Richard III’s remains.
Richard III was England’s last King to die in battle in 1485 after Henry VII’s army defeated him. Last year, the University of Leicester finally discovered a location where they thought the corpse of Richard III may lay… a Leicester car park!
After that, tests were done to firstly prove it was Richard III (which was confirmed only last month) and to establish more about one of England’s most interesting Kings.
Now, Prince Richard has met with these people at Kensington Palace where he discussed how Richard III’s dignity could be preserved and where burial was likely to be. Leicester cathedral is the most likely one, yet York have a claim staked too.
“It is up to the University of Leicester, whose archaeologists found the remains, what happens to them now, but the Duke is keen to ensure that they are treated with the utmost dignity,” a courtier told the Telegraph newspaper.
Before he became King, Richard III also had the name and held the title of ‘Richard, Duke of Gloucester’, just like the current Duke.
He left it a little late…King Richard has already become the figure head for Leicesters tourist industry…Leicester council have not hidden the fact that they intend to milk it for all it’s worth.
I have followed events of the last six months closely from outside the UK. Leicester Town Council and the University, along with the Richard III Society, put their money into the project, which was admittedly a long shot. The project succeeded beyond anyone’s (well, almost anyone’s) wildest dreams. It didn’t get much publicity that they were also willing to assume responsibility for re-interring the remains respectfully even if they turned out not to be Richard’s. Having taken the risk, imho, they are entitled to some benefits from the project. But the best part in my view is that all the rest of us, outsiders, the public, ordinary members of the Society as well as amateur and professional historians, will be the beneficiaries in the long run of this dramatic discovery.