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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 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.

King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester to open in July

The visitor centre will open on 26 July Credit: Leicester City Council

Leicester's £4m visitor centre dedicated to Richard III, whose remains were found in the city, will open to the public on Saturday 26 July.

The new King Richard III Visitor Centre on Peacock Lane will offer access to the King's original burial site. It will tell the story of his death and his discovery 500 years later.

More than 100,000 people are expected through its doors in its first year of operation, bringing an estimated £4.5 million to the local economy.

Tickets have already gone on sale.

The High Court ruled last month that the King's remains, found in 2012, will be reburied in the city.


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Shakespeare's Richard III was 'complete fabrication'

Paul Daneman played Shakespeare's Richard III in a 1960 BBC adaption. Credit: PA

Enthusiasts of Richard III have said a study examining his spine has shown the Shakespearean description of him as a "bunch-backed toad" is a "complete fabrication".

Scientists from the University of Leicester's School of Archaelogy and Ancient History produced a 3D reconstruction of the king's spine after his skeleton was found beneath a Leicester car park.

Dr Phil Stone, chairman of the Richard III Society, said it is "yet more proof that, while the plays are splendid dramas, they are also most certainly fiction not fact."

Study shows Richard III not 'hunchback toad' as thought

The remains of the last Plantagenet King were found under a Leicester car park Credit: University of Leicester

A study has shown King Richard III was not the "hunchback toad" described by Shakespeare, and was hardly affected by his spinal deformity.

Scientists who scanned his spine found that it had a "well balanced curve", that could have been concealed by clothes or armour.

Hunchback depictions have been seen on stage and on screen, but his head would not have been straight and not to one side, and no evidence of a limp was found. These findings are also supported by accounts written when Richard III was alive.

Dr Phil Stone, chairman of the Richard III Society, said:

Examination of Richard III's remains shows that he had scoliosis, thus confirming that the Shakespearean description of a 'hunch-backed toad' is a complete fabrication - yet more proof that, while the plays are splendid dramas, they are also most certainly fiction not fact.

History tells us that Richard III was a great warrior. Clearly, he was little inconvenienced by his spinal problem and accounts of his appearance, written when he was alive, tell that he was 'of person and bodily shape comely enough'.

Richard III statue moved for restoration

The statue is being moved to be restored Credit: Leicester City Council

A statue to Richard III, which was first unveiled by Princess Alice in 1980, is being moved to be restored 34 years later.

It will be lifted by crane onto a lorry and taken from Castle Gardens in Leicester to Lincoln. The restoration process is expected to take around 3 to 4 weeks.

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