Flying the flag for Richard III

A replica of Richard III's flag will be raised for the first time in over 500 years at Middleham Castle, his childhood home, today to commemorate the 530th anniversary of his coronation.

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Richard III flag raised

Flying proud over Middleham Castle, Richard III's flag Credit: Calendar news

An extremely rare sight....... Richard III's standard flies once more over Middleham Castle.

The replica standard was raised to commemorate the 503rd anniversary of the King's coronation - and to launch the forthcoming Richard III weekend in the market town next month.

Middleham "proud to welcome Richard III home"

The Richard III weekend in July will include re-enactments at the castle, a country market in the Market Place, a hog roast, craft fair, wandering minstrels, all offering an insight into the life of Richard III’s court.

No other king of England has been as closely linked to the North of England as Richard III and a new trail leaflet linking six historic properties in the North with connections to Richard III will soon be published for visitors.

We are delighted to be part of the celebrations to commemorate Richard III and to welcome him back to his childhood home, and in light of the wonderful discovery of his remains to be able to share his fascinating story. He will always be Yorkshire’s king and holds a place of deep affection with his loyal Yorkshire subjects.”

– Tammi Tolhurst, Mayor of Middleham;

Flying the flag for Richard III

Ancestral home, Middleham Castle

A replica of Richard III's standard will be raised for the first time in over 500 years at Middleham Castle, his childhood home, today. It's to commemorate the 530th anniversary of his coronation - and the launch of the Richard III weekend on July 6th.

The replica flag is intricately sewn with his emblems the white boar and the Neville coat of arms.

Middleham Castle was one of the most prominent castles in the country during the 15th century and a northern powerbase. It was a favourite of Richard III, where he lived during his own adolescence in addition to later in life with Queen Anne and their son Edward of Middleham, the Prince of Wales.