The design proposals for the tomb where Richard lll will finally be laid to rest have been unveiled.
It has been confirmed his remains will be reburied in Leicester, after they were discovered underneath a car park in the City last year. No date has been set for the reinterment but it is expected to take place next spring.
The tomb design was commissioned by Philippa Langley – from the Richard lll Society who was behind the search.
The design was undertaken by a team of specialists with more than 40 years of research into Richard III. It was first proposed in drawing form in September 2010, and then preliminary images were presented in August 2011.
The battle for the final resting for King Richard III seems already won, with the decision solely in the hands of the university experts.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) today confirmed that it was the University of Leicester's decision to make as they had been granted permission to exhume the monarch's body.
York Council had confirmed it was writing to the Queen and the MoJ to lay claim to the remains.
In a statement the Ministry of Justice said today:
"The licence we issued states that the applicant (the University of Leicester) would, no later than August 31, 2014, deposit the remains at Jewry Wall Museum or have them interred at St Martin's Cathedral or in a burial ground in which interments may legally take place.
"The precise location of reburial is now for the University of Leicester."
Researchers at the University of Leicester believe Richard III may have had a West Midlands accent.
The language, spelling and grammar patterns from two letters written by Richard III indicate he spoke in dialect consistent with the West Midlands region, according to experts. Dr Shaw explains:
"Like today, there were various dialects around the country. Unlike today, individuals were more likely to spell words in ways that reflected their local dialect."
"The language used [...] largely reflects the relatively standard, London-derived spelling system also used by Richard’s secretaries. However, there is also at least one spelling he employs that may suggest a West Midlands accent."
Experts at the Royal Armouries in Leeds have revealed the sort of weapons which may have been used to kill Richard III.
Archaeologists in the midlands yesterday confirmed they had discovered the body of the last king of the House of York. Now a Leeds historian is piecing together just what happened to the man who gave battle in vain.