King Richard reburial to cost £1million

Artist’s impression of overhead view of raised tomb at Leicester Cathedral Photo: VHH

The reburial of King Richard III in Leicester will cost around £1million pounds. Leicester Cathedral have released images of the 'raised tomb' that will be made as well as details of an event and ceremony.

To make way for the King's reburial, the cathedral will see a number of changes to create a significant space for the raised tomb with a new floor, special lights and a stained glass window.

I think that the design is absolutely fantastic."

– Chairman, Richard III Society

"We are committed to reinter King Richard with honour and we have listened carefully to the different views that were expressed. We want to create a really wonderful space in the Cathedral for him and the many thousands of people we know will want to come to visit and pay their respects."

– The Dean of Leicester, The Very Revd David Monteith

This is an immensely complex project and we are determined to get it right. Inevitably that means considerable expense but we are confident that with the support of the Church and the public, we can honour Richard and his story."

– The Bishop of Leicester, The Rt Revd Tim Stevens

Final details are still to be decided, but the reinterment will be the climax of a week of events in Leicester City Centre.

"Leicester was the backdrop to King Richard's final days and became the location of his grave, so we are now proud and honoured that the Cathedral in the heart of the old town will be the place for his final reinterment."

– Leicester Mayor, Peter Soulsby