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A new four-million pound visitor centre about King Richard the Third has opened to the public in Leicester. The interactive exhibition has been in the planning ever since the king's remains were discovered underneath a city car park. Peter Bearne reports.
The City Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby has opened the new £4m Richard III visitor centre.
The exhibition called Dynasty, Death and Discovery examines Richard's life and the myths surrounding him, as well as the archaeological dig which uncovered his remains in a Leicester car park two years ago.
The centre has already attracted global interest with people from around the world booking tickets online. Among the first visitors this morning were a family from Holland holidaying in the UK.
Visitor numbers are expected to peak next spring when Richard's remains are reinterred at Leicester Cathedral.
See opening day pictures and video here.
Knights in armour and medieval music entertained the crowd as Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby cut the ribbon on the new King Richard III visitor centre.
A queue of people lined up outside to be the first ones through the door of the new attraction, near the cathedral.
A falconry display, medieval music and knights in armour will herald the opening of the £4 million new King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester today.
Hundreds of people are expected to descend on the centre for its first day.
Activities including free craft workshops, live music and a jester will be in the Leicester Cathedral Gardens nearby, while a story-telling tent will give children the opportunity to learn more about the era of the last Plantagenet King.