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Gloucester added to tour of English cities showcasing replica head of King Richard III

King Richard III was made Duke of Gloucester in 1461 Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Gloucester has been added to the tour of English cities which is showcasing the reconstructed head of King Richard III.

Richard III was made Duke of Gloucester in 1461. In 1483 he made Gloucester a city, granting it its right.

The city will receive the replica head for display in March next year, shortly before it returns to its final home in Leicester.

The replica head

Following the discovery of King Richard III's remains under a Leicester car park by a team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester, a model has been made from a CT scan taken of the King's skull by Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The head is currently on display in Leicester.

"I am delighted that this extraordinary replica of King Richard's head will be seen by so many visitors in historic English cities with which he had links.It is only right that Gloucester is on that list, and I hope it proves as popular an attraction there as it has done here."

– Leicester City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby
King Richard III's remains were found under a car park in Leicester Credit: University of Leicester

The head wil remain on display at Guidhall in Leicester until June 8th, after which it will go to Bosworth Battlefield, where the King was killed in 1485.

"We are delighted to be included in this national tour. Gloucester has very strong links with Richard III and I am sure there will be tremendous interest in this exhibition when it visits the city.This was an astounding national discovery and the work that has gone into this replica head is amazing. It will be a ‘must see’ event."

– Gloucester City Council leader, Councillor Paul James