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Leicester Cathedral

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On 26 March 2015, King Richard III was reburied in Leicester Cathedral. His cathedral tomb was designed by van Heyningen and Haward Architects and made by James Elliott. The tombstone is deeply incised with a cross, and consists of a rectangular block of pale Swaledale fossil stone, quarried in North Yorkshire. The stone slab tapers both in height and width towards the east, evoking the idea of facing east in anticipation of the resurrection. It rests on a low plinth of dark Kilkenny limestone incised with Richard's name, dates and motto carved by Gary Breeze and Stuart Buckle. The plinth also carries his coat of arms in pietra dura by Thomas Greenaway. The remains of Richard III are in a lead ossuary, inside an English oak coffin crafted by Michael Ibsen, a direct descendant of Richard's sister Anne of York, and laid in a brick-lined vault below the floor, and below the plinth and tombstone.


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