POLL: Richard III tomb design receives positive reaction
The first proposal for a tomb for Richard III has gone down well with members of the public, a Mercury poll has found.
The Richard III Society has formally submitted its suggestion for the monarch's resting place when his remains are reinterred at Leicester Cathedral next year.
A 7ft limestone casket – made from the same stone as York Minster – was revealed yesterday.
It got a favourable response from 80 per cent of people who took part in our online poll.
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On our website, C_G_Lee wrote: "I quite like it. It's respectful and dignified without being too over-the-top. It's certainly better than he's had for the past 500 years!"
Lydia1952 wrote: "I like it. It is clean and dignified. It is almost as if Richard has been resurrected and died again and this time it is up to us, his descendants, to see he has an honourable monument and burial."
However, Pertwee wrote: "That's it? How basic, plain and simple. Not fit for a king. Not fit for a peasant. Just cheap."
Cathedral bosses have said they are expecting many proposals to be submitted.
A spokeswoman said: "King Richard needs an honourable memorial of profound dignity and elegant simplicity which is accessible.
"It must fit into the cathedral's architecture and allow people to pay their respects, learn his history and contemplate the meaning of his death."
The cathedral will instruct architects on how to accommodate the memorial at a meeting on March 12.
They will have to take into consideration practical, environmental and theological aspects of the building.
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