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Mayor of Leicester goes head to head with Richard III

Sir Peter Soulsby gets acquainted with Richard III
Sir Peter Soulsby gets acquainted with Richard III Credit: Leicester City Council

The Mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby, has been getting acquainted with the facial reconstruction of Richard III.

Richard III is going on a tour of the country starting in Leicester
Richard III is going on a tour of the country starting in Leicester Credit: Leicester City Council

The head is going on a tour of the country, beginning at Leicester's Guildhall exhibition.

Sir Peter Soulsby gets acquainted with Richard III
Sir Peter Soulsby gets acquainted with Richard III Credit: Leicester City Council

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King Richard's head to go on tour

A facial reconstruction of King Richard III will go on display from tomorrow. Credit: PA Wire

A facial reconstruction of King Richard III is set to go on display in Leicester's Guildhall on the first stop of a nationwide tour.

Read: Search for King Richard III ends with car park dig

The model, which goes on display on Saturday, was commissioned by the Richard III Society and made by Professor Caroline Wilkinson and the forensic art team at the University of Dundee.

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Descendant of Richard III joins protest march

A descendant of Richard III is joining a march through York today to protest at the king's body being laid to rest in Leicester.

Vanessa Roe is his 16th great niece.

The remains were found in the city centre in August last year, but protesters say the famous Yorkist monarch wanted to be buried in his home city.

Argument over Richard III's tomb continues

Artist's design of Richard III's tomb Credit: Looking for Richard Project

Campaigners who want Richard III to be reburied in Leicester, have reiterated their argument that he should have a table tomb like other Kings. It's after architects for Leicester Cathedral said that a ledger stone would be appropriate.

The former King was found buried under a car park in the city last year.

It was announced last week that experts from the University of Leicester archaeological unit that unearthed the last Plantagenet king, spearheaded another dig and discovered a 1,700-year-old Roman cemetery with remains thought to date back to 300AD.

Roman cemetery found under car park

This is what King Richard III may have looked like.
This is what King Richard III may have looked like. Credit: PA

Car parks in Leicester are fast becoming the hottest place in town for archaeologists.

Following on from the discovery of the remains of King Richard III buried deep under a car park in the city, the team which worked on that astonishing find has discovered another gem - under another car park.

Experts from the University of Leicester archaeological unit that unearthed the last Plantagenet king, spearheaded another dig and discovered a 1,700-year-old Roman cemetery with remains thought to date back to 300AD.

Researchers found 13 sets of remains of mixed age and sex, and found the practice of Christian burials alongside pagan burials.

Items like hairpins and belt buckles, bits of shoes and a ring with a possible early Christian symbol were also found at the Oxford Street site in Leicester's city centre.

Second discovery found next to King Richard III

This is what King Richard III may have looked like Credit: PA

When archaeologists discovered the remains of Richard III last summer, they also discovered a second find.

A 600-year-old, lead-lined stone coffin was discovered buried near the Plantagenet king's resting place in the city council car park in New Street in the centre of Leicester. It was covered up so the team could deal with Richard III's body first.

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