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On the afternoon of Sunday 29 March 2020 His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO will attend Choral Evensong at Leicester Cathedral as part of an extended weekend of talks and activities to mark the fifth anniversary of the reinterment of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral. The Duke of Gloucester was present during the week of the reinterment and attended the service on 26 March 2015. This service of reinterment was watched by over 600 million people across the world and was to change the narrative of medieval history forever.
The Sub Dean, The Revd Canon Alison Adams said:
“The presence in 2015 of the current Richard, Duke of Gloucester at the reinterment of the former Duke of Gloucester, King Richard III, was a poignant moment in time crossing the centuries and we are delighted The Duke will be with us to mark this special anniversary.”
As well as the invited guests, there are a limited number of tickets available for members of the public. Full details of how to apply can be found on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/registration-for-ballot-only-5th-anniversary-of-reinterment-of-kr-iii-tickets-96628094231
The Reinterment of Richard III took place at Leicester Cathedral on March 26 2015 and the anniversary of this date will also be marked by a Choral Evensong at 5.30pm on Thursday 26 March 2020. This service will be open to any members of the public who wish to attend.
What do you remember of when we reburied King Richard III? The crowds? The pageantry? The music? For me the poignancy as his coffin was lowered into its final resting place. The soils from his birthplace, where he died and his home. His prayer book, carried reverently by the current Duke of Gloucester. Whatever you remember or even if you weren’t around here then, the last weekend in March is a chance to rediscover and remember the King Richard story – the historical one and the events of five years ago. Do join us.
See the photos and share your own memories and images with #RichardRemembered and #KRIII5.
The Revd Canon Alison Adams, Sub-Dean of Leicester
Tuesday 24 March
Concert: The King’s Men | 7.30pm
Join the close-harmony group formed from the Choral Scholars of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for a concert in the Cathedral.
Tickets: £10.00–£20.00, book via Eventbrite
Thursday 26 March
Choral Evensong on the Anniversary | 5.30pm
All welcome to a special Choral Evensong on the day of the fifth anniversary of the reinterment. No booking required.
Friday 27 March
Cathedrals at Night | 6.00pm
This year, for the first time, every Church of England cathedral will open its doors for one very special evening.
Leicester Cathedral will host the following events and activities:
Family Tour | 6.00pm
Tales of the unexpected. A tour to include some lesser known stories about the Cathedral as well as King Richard related places. Tickets are £5.00 per family.
Looking Forward, Looking Back | 6.30pm
Richard III died in the 15th century and was finally buried in the 21st. Across time memories, real or not, have accumulated. His death was a pivotal moment for England; his reburial for Leicester. What are the main threads? What to hold on to? A free talk given by Alison Adams, the Sub-Dean.
King Richard III Tours | 8.00pm and 9.00pm
A rare chance to hear about the creative processes that went into the Pall, Tomb and Tom Denny Windows, as well as the history of Richard III. Tickets are £3.50 per person, with accompanied children under 16 free.
Compline by Candlelight | 10.00pm
A special service of Compline at the Cathedral.
Monuments of the House of York with Dr Christian Steer | 7.00pm
At The King Richard III Visitor Centre
A talk by the Hon. Visiting Fellow, University of York. Tickets are £5.00 and include a glass of wine or soft drink, available from www.kriii.com/richard-remembered
Saturday 28 March
Talk with Professor Turi King | 11.00am
As a geneticist and with the use of descendants’ DNA, Dr King was a key player in identifying the remains discovered in the car park as being those of King Richard III. Free admission, but book via Eventbrite.
The Improbability of Finding King Richard III | 1.00pm
A free talk by Mick McQuade looking at several people in history who, had they made an alternative decision to that made, would mean we would never have found Richard III. No booking required.
You are what you eat: Richard III’s diet with Dr Angela Lamb | 3.00pm
At The Richard III Visitor Centre
In their new study, experts from the British Geological Survey and the University of Leicester used an isotope analysis of the skeleton’s bones and teeth to search for further clues about Richard’s diet and lifestyle.
Ticket price included in entrance to the Visitor Centre.
Concert: The York Waits | 7.00pm
The York Waits perform a concert at the Cathedral of wide repertoire of 16th century period European music as well as their own arrangements of popular dance and ballad tunes.
Tickets: £6.00–£12.00 tickets are available from Eventbrite
Sunday 29 March
Choral Evensong to mark the Fifth Anniversary of the Reinterment of King Richard III
In the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO. Ticketed admission only.
All events are at Leicester Cathedral and free to attend, unless otherwise stated. If you have any questions, please contact the Cathedral Office.