AFTER months of preparation, and weathering the controversy
about where the bones of Richard III should finally be buried,
Leicester Cathedral is now all ready to receive
For three days before the final burial ceremony on 26 March,
after touring the battlefield villages of Dadlington and Sutton
Cheney, and the site of the Battle of Bosworth, his remains will
lie in repose in the cathedral, and his tomb will take an honoured
place in the newly constructed ambulatory.
"The transformation of our cathedral is so striking, and more
than we ever hoped," the Dean, the Very Revd David Monteith, says.
"Suddenly, we have become aware of the soaring arches and spacious
beauty of our building. The craftsmanship is fantastic."
The builders, Fairhurst Ward Abbotts, had to overcome several
challenges, including the discovery of a number of underground
crypts. Working closely with the archaeological team that
discovered the royal skeleton in the car park near by, the builders
lowered the height of the crypts, and covered the voids.
Now an old family firm of funeral directors, A. J. Adkinson
& Son, of Oadby, have been asked to oversee the King's final
journey, to the delight of the company director, Jenny Gilbert, who
regards it as "a huge honour" to be involved with the interment of
a former King of England.
The royal representatives at the funeral ceremony include the
Countess of Wessex, and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester. In his
capacity as Patron of the Richard III Society, the Duke will also
be attending the service of compline for the reception of the
remains of the King, on Sunday 22 March, in the cathedral.