1st Anniversary Message



Today we commemorate the first anniversary of the reinterment of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral on 26 March 2015.


The reinterment service was an historic and moving occasion presided over by both the Archbishop of Canterbury and the
Bishop of Leicester with many distinguished guests including HRH the Countess of Wessex, the Society’s Patron
the Duke of Gloucester and HRH the Duchess of Gloucester. In his sermon the Bishop emphasised that ‘we come to give
his King, and these mortal remains the dignity and honour denied to them in death.’
he message from HM the Queen noted that ‘’the reinterment of King Richard III is an event of great national and international significance.’


The reinterment events in Leicester attracted worldwide interest with extensive media coverage. This, together with the
and eulogies given, invariably touched on  positive aspects of King Richard III’s life and reign, emphasising his commitment
to the fair administration of justice and the legal reforms of his only parliament. As a result, the public’s perceptions of the king have been changed for the better.


The discovery and reinterment of King Richard III’s remains have raised his profile, provided new avenues for research and
increased opportunities to advance the case for a reappraisal of his life and character. In this context, we again acknowledge
the achievement of Philippa Langley MBE and the Looking for Richard Team, without whose efforts the King’s remains would not have been found.


As we reflect on this first anniversary, we can all take comfort in the knowledge that after half a millennium this anointed king of England
rests at last in peace and honour in consecrated ground in the heart of his kingdom.


The Richard III Society

26 March 2016