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I am very glad to welcome you to our King Richard III website.

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On 26th March 2015 we laid King Richard III to his final rest in Leicester Cathedral with dignity and honour.

On 27th April we were able to announce that we have reached our target of £2.54m and as a result we are able to close our Appeal.

This website will remain live for a little longer, so those who visit it can see what has been achieved.  any further donations will be gratefully received, and put towards the work of the cathedral, both in maintaining the setting for Richard III’s final place of rest, and also in our ongoing work of prayer and service.

Richard lived during turbulent times, when two noble families (York and Lancaster) were fighting for the throne of England. The emblem of the House of York was a white rose and the emblem of the House of Lancaster was a red rose. That is why this time was known as the Wars of the Roses and, after many battles over many years, it all finally came to an end in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth, near Leicester.

The terrible suffering of war goes ever on. Last year we remembered the onset of the Great War of 1914-18, while soldiers today still fight in foreign countries, many paying a terrible price for their bravery. That is why Leicester Cathedral has decided to donate half of what we raise from our local community appeal to Combat Stress. This charity supports those whose lives are emotionally and mentally scarred by the experience of conflict.

King Richard III was a warrior king but, first and foremost, he was a human being. His death reminds us of our own mortality and that is why his tomb is marked by the cross, to remind us all of the hope of new life in Christ, which this Easter season of our church’s year bears witness to.

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