Respect due for our warrior king
At last the wait is over, and we do indeed have the last Plantagenet King of England interred in our city.
A warrior king who died on the battlefield fighting to keep the crown from somebody who he considered the usurper, moreover, a warrior king who died for his belief and buried, not thrown, in the River Soar, in Leicester.
Whether or not he was a bad king or good, all seem to pale into insignificance, when faced with the fact that the last king of England whose grave was unknown has not only been found, but found in Leicester.
It now remains to be seen if the city itself has the ambition and respect, that it takes to put our king back his final resting place, only now lauded for what he was, royalty.
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Will the city step up to the plate, and ensure that all due formality, respect and reverence that a king deserves is given. Or will they make a hash of it as seem all to often the case when it comes to dressing the city up and presenting the best of us to the world? Experience, however makes me wonder if yet again, the latter will be the case rather than the hoped for former.
Perhaps on this occasion to be safe, just to sure, we had better ask Nottingham to show us how it can be done, before we make fools of ourselves yet again?
Rob Thomas, Botcheston.
I applaud the team from the University of Leicester in discovering the remains of King Richard III but, I fear members of societies formed in honour of King Richard may be getting a little carried away with themselves, to the point of believing that they have some right in determining the fate of the skeleton.
I am amazed that, in such a short-time, an argument commenced as to where the remains of the late king should be reinterred.
The decision now seems to be reburial in Leicester Cathedral.
I raise this question (as one of the many Plantagenet descendants), "What right do Ricardians or the University of Leicester, regardless of the exhumation licence supposedly giving the university legal right to the skeleton, have in making the decision where a king should be buried?"
The only person who has any authority to decide the location of a new royal tomb is Her Majesty the Queen. I consider that Westminster Abbey is now the most appropriate location but it is the Queen's decision.
Ross D Harrison Snow, Wairoa, New Zealand.
Congratulations to all concerned on finding Richard III. May I ask our city mayor now we have found our last Plantagenet king where he is proposing to place all our new visitors to our city?
He wants to close St Nicholas Circle car park? Why? (I know he promised the Queen he'd build a park there for her but does she really want it?) The park and ride will be moved but no one knows where, possibly somewhere miles away from where you want to be.
He seems to want to make visiting Leicester as difficult as possible. The High Street is nearly impossible to visit, the car park opposite John Lewis takes forever to get into and this does not take into account the fumes generated by waiting cars to enter said car parks.
Mrs Chris Sleath, Leicester.
Your article on February 4 pictures the Old Blue Boar Inn. Does anyone know why King Richard may have stayed there on the eve of the Battle of Bosworth, rather than at Leicester Castle, which is only a few yards away?
Nigel Mutimer, Coalville.
Wasn't that excellent news: it really was Richard III in that council car park.
The council must be especially pleased. Richard has been there for 528 years. That is £4,628,448 in parking fees.
Colin Muir, Croft.