King buried with honour whatever form the tomb
In the light of various comments made in the Mercury (Mailbox, March 18), I would like to restate the position of Leicester Cathedral.
We have issued a brief for the architects to use in order to produce a design for a tomb for King Richard III, in the context of Leicester Cathedral and the future reordering of the building for the benefit of all who visit, both tourists and worshippers.
No decision has yet been made about the design of the proposed tomb. That is for the architects, as experts in the way buildings and their contents are designed to meet specific needs, to work on over the coming weeks.
The suggestion that a ledger stone of the highest quality material, employing the very best British craftsmanship and situated in the central, most honoured and significant part of the cathedral (the choir), is belittling to King Richard III is hard to understand.
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Many of our greatest monarchs lie in tombs marked in a similar way, including William I and our last monarch, George VI. There is also the much-respected tomb of the Unkown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.
No-one suggests these tomb designs are "disrespectful".
Polls run without our participation about whether there should be a "tomb or a slab" are worded in an unfortunate way.
There will definitely be a tomb, where the body of Richard III will be reinterred. It is the design of the tomb that has yet to be decided.
The term "slab" to denote the final marker, should it be a ledger stone, is clearly perjorative.
The cathedral is working closely with the university and city council and consulting others, including representatives of the Richard III Society, who are involved in the planning for the reinterment.
I hope the people of Leicester will support the cathedral as it works hard to ensure that the remains of King Richard, which have lain within its parish for over 520 years, are buried with honour and respect in what will be his final resting place.
Barry Naylor, acting dean of Leicester Cathedral.