Plans for Richard III’s final resting place announced

Posted by pt91 at Jun 17, 2014 12:30 PM |
Tomb design unveiled and Michael Ibsen revealed as maker of coffin

Leicester Cathedral has unveiled the final design of the tomb that will house Richard III’s remains – and revealed that Michael Ibsen, whose DNA was vital to the identification of the remains, has agreed to make the coffin.

At a press conference held at the Cathedral today (16 June) the Very Revd David Monteith, The Dean of Leicester, gave the first information on the plans for the reinterment of Richard III taking place in Spring 2015, including the costs and a fundraising appeal.

Most fittingly, Michael Ibsen has agreed to make the coffin for his sixteen times great uncle. Michael, who works as a furniture maker, can trace his ancestors back to Richard III’s sister, Anne of York.

Cathedral model
A model display to illustrate how the tomb will sit within the Cathedral.

Cathedral media
Local media present to hear the announcement.

Watch the announcement in its entirety:

  • Find out more about the Cathedral's plans on the King Richard III in Leicester website.
  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society. The originator of the Search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society.