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New Richard III sculpture unveiled at Leicester Cathedral

The Bishop of Leicester has described a new sculpture which was unveiled at the opening of Leicester Cathedral's new gardens.

The Bishop of Leicester, Reverend Tim Stephens, was speaking at the opening of the city's Cathedral gardens Credit: ITV News Central

Reverend Tim Stephens, said:

The sculpture comprises steel plates which take us on a journey through the events of that day when Richard III was killed at the battle of Bosworth... We see the silhouette of the king mounted on a horse, falling from his horse, engaged in battle, finally slain and removed from the battlefield.

The new sculpture is part of a £2.5 million project to transform the city's Cathedral Quarter Credit: ITV News Central

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Government urged to meet church leaders ahead of King Richard III reburial

King Richard III will be re-buried at Leicester Cathedral next year.
King Richard III will be re-buried at Leicester Cathedral next year. Credit: PA Wire

The MP for York Central has urged the Government to hold a meeting with civic and church leaders from both Leicester and York, to ensure King Richard III's funeral does not exclude those from the North of England.

Hugh Bayley asked the Civil Liberties Minister Simon Hughes to attend a discussion about the King's reburial but he refused saying the matter had already come before the courts.

The King's remains will be re-buried at Leicester Cathedral next year.

Facelift for Richard III statue

The Richard III statue has been restored and polished by a firm in Lincolnshire Credit: ITV News Central

Richard III is back. His statue which was first unveiled in 1980 has been fully restored and moved to a new home.

Richard III statue returns to Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

It was removed from Castle Gardens in Leicester last month and has been unveiled at Cathedral Gardens.

Spot the difference: Statue before restoration work took place Credit: Leicester City Council

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Direct descendent to build King Richard III's coffin

Michael Ibsen, Richard III's 16th generation great nephew who's at today's dig and has given a DNA sample Credit: ITV News Central

King Richard III's coffin will be made by Michael Ibsen, the relative of the King whose DNA was used to confirm that it was in fact the Monarch himself.

Michael Ibsen is a known direct descendent of Richard lll’s sister, Anne. He's Canadian but is now living in London, and as a cabinet maker has been charged with making the coffin in which the King will be laid to rest next year.

Mr Ibsen says he is looking forward to the challenge.

“I’m really looking forward to starting the project. It’s seems a very appropriate gift to offer to my royal ancestor.”

King Richard III reburial budget set at £2.5 million

Artist impressions of new tomb for King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral Credit: Van Heyningen & Haward Architects

The budget for the reburial of King Richard III has been set out this morning, at an estimated £2.5 million.

The reinterment has been described as a 'major national event', and £1.4 million of the budget will be spent on the building work at Leicester Cathedral.

The new resting place for the last Plantagenet King has been designed by London-based designers Van Heyningen & Haward Architects, as part of their ongoing remodelling of the cathedral.

Reinterment of King Richard III will be revealed today

The Dean of Leicester, The Very Reverend David Monteith
The Dean of Leicester, The Very Reverend David Monteith Credit: PA

The first information about the reinterment of King Richard III will be given today since the Judicial review verdict which ensured he would remain in Leicester.

The Dean of Leicester will reveal the design of the tomb, the costs and the fundraising process to complete the project.

Details of Richard III's reburial to be announced

Richard III's remains will now be reburied in Leicester Credit: PA Wire

More details will be revealed today about the reinterment of King Richard III in Leicester.

It is after the High Court ruled that the University of Leicester has the right to bury King Richard III's remains in the city's cathedral, despite opposition from distant relatives in York.

The Dean of Leicester Cathedral will reveal the design of the tomb that has been agreed. Some suggested a table top tomb would be more suitable than the designs originally laid out by the Cathedral.

Design of tomb for Richard III previously released after his remains were discovered in Leicester Credit: Van Heyningen and Harward

The Cathedral will also outline the costs of the reburial and the fundraising process.

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