Historian and MP calls for a state funeral
An historian and Tory MP has called for a full state funeral for King Richard III, if remains discovered beneath a car park prove to be those of the medieval monarch.
Chris Skidmore, author of a book about the king's bloody final battle, said he hoped that DNA tests would show the skeleton found beneath the Greyfriars car park is that of the Plantagenet ruler.
Mr Skidmore, whose book on the Battle of Bosworth is due to be published next year, said: "If it is found to be the body of Richard III then it would probably be one of the most significant archaeological finds of the century, arguably of the last 50 years.''
He said all English monarchs are traditionally accorded a state funeral, and Richard's significance was such that he too should receive the final honour.
Mr Skidmore, who has tabled a Commons early day motion calling for the state funeral, suggested the body could either be laid to rest in Westminster Abbey, alongside his queen Anne Neville, or in York Minister
The cost of a state funeral, which could be conducted in a modern way or using the Yorkist traditions of Richard's time, could be offset by an expected increase in tourism.
"The eyes of the world would be focused on it,'' he said.