Information on reinterment of the remains

Details from the University of Leicester, its partner organisations and external bodies on plans to reinter the remains of King Richard III. At the University of Leicester's Press Conference on Monday 4th February, Canon David Monteith made a statement confirming that the remains of King Richard III would be interred at Leicester Cathedral:

“On behalf of the Bishop and Acting Dean of Leicester I want to say how very thrilled we are to be part of this amazing day. We are delighted with today’s news. We at the Cathedral and Diocese share in the pride of serving such a great city as ours which still has the capacity to reveal such incredible stories. We applaud the skill, expertise and excellence of Leicester University which have led to this announcement.

"Today at St Paul’s Cathedral, Justin Welby is confirmed as the next Archbishop of Canterbury and so Bishop Tim Stevens, the Bishop of Leicester is very sad not to be able to be here with us all. This has been a partnership from the start with the City Council, the University and the Richard III Society and we have been very pleased to co-operate with all the parties involved. I can confirm that the Cathedral have now received letters from both the City Council and Leicester University to further enact the requirements of the Licence which led to the exhumation of these human remains.

"Following the best archaeological, human remains are interred as near to their site of discovery as possible and the licence from the Ministry of Justice specifically names Leicester’s Cathedral.

"King Richard’s remains found sanctuary at Greyfriars Friary situated within the parish of St Martin Leicester. And so that same parish church which has become Leicester Cathedral, following the request of the City Mayor and the Vice Chancellor will now begin to make preparation to provide him lasting and dignified sanctuary. We already host a beautiful memorial ledger stone to King Richard in the chancel and we will now plan for his final resting place.

"This find has been the subject of historical and scientific research but these are the mortal remains of a person, an anointed Christian king who shared the faith proclaimed by the Cathedral. This Christian faith promises redemption and hope in the transforming power of love to bring victory out of defeat and new life even in the face of death.

"The Cathedral in Leicester increasingly gathers all the faiths of this city and provides a focus for the whole community. As an illustration of this, last year we welcomed her Majesty the Queen to the Cathedral as she visited this city. We begin this year with the news that we are to make ready to welcome another monarch.

"The Cathedral is open all day, every day. We’d be delighted to welcome you and introduce you to our Cathedral.

"This is a momentous day for our city and nation. We will now formally begin preparations and plans at Leicester Cathedral for an interment. Meanwhile we will be praying that through God’s love, King Richard III with all the departed may rest in peace and rise in glory.”

From the Diocese of Leicester website.


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