King Richard III's Descendent Gets Coffin-Building Gig

By Gary Cutlack on at

This is a model of the minimalist tomb that'll soon be Richard III's resting place, and quite an improvement over a car park it is too.

The king's new tomb, sited at Leicester Cathedral, features a Swaledale and Kilkenny stone block and plinth, containing a coffin built by cabinet-maker Michael Ibsen; a man known to be descended from the king's sister, Anne. The total cost of re-interring the king in such luxury will be around £2.5m.

David Monteith, the Dean of Leicester, said of the minimalist arrangement: “This is a tomb which reflects the era in which it is designed as well as the solemn purpose for which it is commissioned." [Independent]