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King Richard's rise from the grave put into words

The archaeologists who unearthed and identified the remains of King Richard III under a Leicester city-centre car park, have written a book about the events surrounding the excavation.

The face of Richard III, made possible after scans were taken from his skeletal remains... Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Richard Buckley and Matthew Morris made the discovery after joining forces with Leicester County Council, and the book, entitled 'The King Under The Car Park', is set to tell the full story.

From the events leading to his death, right up to how they identified his skeletal remains, Matthew says: "The book reads like a detective story because it all happened like a detective story".

Delays over £1.3m King Richard III tomb project

A £1.3million project to reinter the remains of King Richard III - which were dug up from beneath a Leicester council car park - has been put on hold by church officials.

The city's cathedral had submitted plans to have the monarch's remains reinterred in a special tomb by the end of next summer.

The remains of King Richard III
The remains of King Richard III Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

But the Cathedral Fabrics Commission for England has deferred its decision, throwing the timetable into doubt.

The cathedral say the commission has requested more information on "key aspects" of the scheme before it could respond.


Work starts on Cathedral Quarter revamp

Leicester Cathedral is due to be the final resting place for King Richard III Credit: PA

Work on transforming Leicester's Cathedral Quarter begins today. The two and a half million pound project includes new gardens as well as the pedestrianisation of the Cathedral's surroundings to create a link to the under-construction Richard the third visitor centre.

Shortlisted Richard III artworks revealed

Five of the shortlisted designs for a King Richard III artwork have gone on show in Leicestershire.

A panel of judges will pick the winning sculpture, which will then go on show in the gardens of Leicester Cathedral.

Dallas Pierce - Quintero Towards Stillness Credit: Leicestershire County Council

Leicestershire County Council is commissioning the artwork as part of a £250,000 contribution to the redevelopment of Leicester Cathedral's gardens.

Peter Walker - Fragments: Constructing a King Credit: Leicestershire County Council

The designs are currently on show at the Bosworth Battlefield visitor centre.


Richard III petition to be presented at No 10 today

An online petition to keep the remains of Richard III in Leicester will be officially handed in at 10 Downing Street this afternoon, following a six-week campaign which gained over 34,000 signatures.

Supporters hope the monarch's final resting place will be at Leicester Cathedral
Supporters hope the monarch's final resting place will be at Leicester Cathedral Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The declarations of support will be presented by county MPs, who have backed Leicester Cathedral as the final resting place for the last Plantagenet King.

An e-petition campaigning for the monarch's reburial in York also closed last month, with the final number of signatures standing at 31,340.

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More than 34,000 sign to keep Richard III in Leicester

An online petition to have the remains of Richard III re-buried in Leicester has closed, with the final figure standing at 34,322.

The petition will now be handed in to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The remains of Richard III Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The petition was set up after a row broke out regarding the location of the reinterment of the last Plantagenet King. Some people believe Richard III should be reburied in York, nearer to the remains of his son. Others want him reburied in Leicester Cathedral.

An e-petition campaigning for his reburial in York also began. It closed last month, with the number of signatures standing at 31,340.

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Richard III petition closing shortly

An online petition for the body of Richard III to be laid to rest in Leicester is due to close this afternoon.

So far, more than 34,000 people have signed the document calling for the last Plantagenet King to be re-interred in the city, where he was originally buried.

Once closed, the petition will be submitted to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Screenwriter wants Richard Armitage as Richard III in film

Screenwriter and author, Philippa Langley, has confirmed she is involved with talks over a potential Hollywood film about King Richard III, and she wants Leicestershire actor Richard Armitage to play the leading role.

Speaking at the launch of her new book on the last Plantagenet King, she picks out the Spooks and Hobbit star as her choice to play Richard III, but does not know if it he wants to take on the part.

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