Richard III: Give king tomb, not slab, says online poll
More than nine out of 10 people have said they would like to see a tomb for Richard III at Leicester Cathedral in an online Mercury poll.
Of the 1,117 voters who took part in our survey, 91 per cent (1,019) said they would prefer the king's lasting memorial to be a chest tomb rather than a simple slab.
It comes as Leicester Cathedral, where the remains of the monarch will be reinterred next year, released a design brief to architects on how it would like the memorial to look.
The specifications outline the need for a simple, yet elegant, stone ledger, which the cathedral leaders said would be more in keeping with the context of the building, as opposed to a large sarcophagus.
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However, only 60 (five per cent) of the readers who voted in the poll said they would prefer a stone tablet or slab.
The other 3 per cent of voters said they would prefer neither.
Dozens of comments have also been left on the Mercury website.
Reader thepathf7nder wrote: "A king of England deserves a tomb.
"If a slab is opted for then we will collectively further malign him. After all, wasn't he found under a slab? Long live the spirit of King Richard III."
Alicelth wrote: "I think a slab is an awful way to bury Richard III. Might as well have kept his body in the parking lot."
Staff at Cafe Mbriki, in Carts Lane, in the city centre, said: "All you have to do is look at the long line of tourists queuing to see the remains to know how much people are interested. A slab doesn't quite meet up to the expectations of most."
However, despite the support for the tomb idea, some people were taken with the proposals for a stone tablet.
Roundthehorne said: "To all those saying that a slab is no way to treat a king, perhaps you would like to visit the final resting places of William I, George VI and Henry VIII."