Richard III tomb donors withdraw money over design


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Members of the Richard III Society have withdrawn money they donated for a tomb to hold the remains of the recently discovered king in protest at the proposed design.

Philippa Langley, secretary of the Scottish branch of the Society, said some members had complained the Leicester Cathedral design was “too modern and stylised” and unsuitable for a medieval warrior king.

“I pretty much agree with them,” added Ms Langley, whose research prompted the hunt for King Richard III’s remains.

The proposed limestone tomb has a cross carved into it, and will be laid on a Yorkist white rose. Leicester Cathedral is awaiting the result of a judicial review before it can re-inter the bones.

A spokesman for the cathedral said it would welcome the donation raised by the Society’s members – between £30,000 and £40,000 – but had not budgeted for the amount.

The Society will canvas its 4,000 members to see how many agree with those who have already withdrawn their donations, but may still donate the cash for the tomb.