Mar 11, 2015 — The Looking For Richard Project together with Amanda Geary, Mary Jepson and Cheryl Lock are pleased to announce a mutually agreed outcome to our representations requesting that King Richard III be coffined in a Holy Place.
We have come a long way from the original proposal that the coffining would take place in a laboratory. Our information is that it will instead be conducted at a location within the University of Leicester which was itself formerly a chapel, with the presence, and the prayers, of a Catholic Chaplain.
This, under church doctrine, will transform the former chapel back to its original designation as a place of religion for the short duration of the coffining service. Our grateful thanks go to all those who supported this initiative through your many signatures in your churches and via the online petition. This mark of respect for King Richard would not have been possible without your continued support.
The ethos and aim of the Looking For Richard Project was to give Richard III the honour and dignity he was denied when he fell on the field of battle. In the past months we have instigated sustained efforts behind the scenes to secure improvements in several matters that we felt were worth fighting for. We thank the Richard III Society for supporting us in some of these objectives. Among them, we achieved modifications to his tomb that now reflect his status as King of England and scion of the house of York. We also persuaded the authorities to afford the king’s remains the human dignity of being laid out in death in an anatomical position. Today we have secured agreement that the process of coffining will be in an appropriate place, made holy by priestly presence and prayers. We send grateful thanks to all of you who supported these aims and wished them well.