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The Richard III Society

Promoting research into the life and times of Richard III since 1924

Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO


Richard III by Andrew JamiesonRichard III by Andrew Jamieson,
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Welcome to the website of the Richard III Society. We have been working since 1924 to secure a more balanced assessment of the king and to support research into his life and times. The recent Greyfriars excavation has raised the king's profile and provided us with new opportunities to make the case for 'Good King Richard'.


Why a society?

"… the purpose—and indeed the strength—of the Richard III Society derives from the belief that the truth is more powerful than lies; a faith that even after all these centuries the truth is important. It is proof of our sense of civilised values that something as esoteric and as fragile as reputation is worth campaigning for." Our Patron - the present Richard, Duke of Gloucester. more


Society Shop

An important notice regarding the Society Shop. more


The Requiem Mass at Fotheringhay

to have been held 17 August 2014.: This is to advise all who were planning to attend the special Requiem Mass for King Richard III to take place on Sunday, 17th August, in the church at Fotheringhay, that the event has been postponed until some time next year. more


The King's Grave

28 July 2014: Philippa Langley and Michael Jones' book published last year has now been released as a paperback and includes a new chapter entitled 'Towards Reburial'. Available from the Society Shop.


Publication of Finding Richard III

28 July 2014: The Official Account of Research by the Retrieval and Reburial Project, A.J. Carson (ed), J. Ashdown-Hill, D. Johnson, W. Johnson & P.J. Langley. This is the full story of how Richard III was found written by the Looking for Richard project team and includes reproductions of the key documents such as the Written Scheme of Investigation and Exhumation Application and Licence. Book cover

Available from the Society Shop. Price £7.50 to members (£8.50 to non-members). P&P UK £1.60, EU £2.85, RoW £2.95


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Latest News

Richard Remembered

22 August 2014: Two events took place in Leicestershire on Friday 22 August. At 11 am on Ambion Hill a short service was led by the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens. Society chairman, Dr Phil Stone spoke eloquently about King Richard, and roses, both white and red, commemorating all the fallen at Bosworth, were laid by the dignitaries present and by many of the public in attendance.

In the afternoon a choral Evensong was held in Leicester Cathedral and the Society formally presented the gift of two flags representing the Arms of England and King Richard's banner. more


Reburial dates announced

7 August 2014: Leicester Cathedral have confirmed the dates for King Richard's reburial in a week-long programme which will begin on Sunday 22 March when the king's body, duly coffined, leaves the University of Leicester for Bosworth 'remembering the life the King lost and his journey in 1485. Villages related to Richard III's last days will be included', remembering key moments of those days. The cortege will arrive at the Cathedral in the early evening and the king will be received into the care of the Church.

King Richard will lie in the Cathedral for three days for the public to pay its respects. The reburial will take place on the morning of Thursday, 26 March. The following day the tomb will be revealed and on Saturday a service will be held marking the end of Richard's journey.

The Cathedral have also announced that HRH The Duke of Gloucester will be patron of the Cathedral's Appeal in support of their plans to reinter King Richard.

The Society is also planning its own events in and around Leicester during the week. There will be brief details in the September Bulletin but we can confirm that there will be a special service held at the Cathedral for members on Monday 23 March 2015. You can also see the Society's Press Release.

The Society is not responsible for the organisation of the arrangements for the reburial of the remains of Richard III or the services taking place other than the service on the 23rd. Attendance at the other services will be by invitation of the Dean. At this stage, we do not know whether any places will be made available to the Society for any of these services. If places do become available to the Society we will advise all members worldwide via a special postal mailing and inviting applications which will be subject to a ballot. At the same time we will give details of our own programme and how to apply for places. Until such time, we are unable to take names for inclusion on any waiting list regarding allocation of tickets and would ask you to wait for our further communication.

If you are not a member of the Society, we regret that we are unable to assist you but suggest that your enquiry could be redirected to the authorities at Leicester Cathedral.

Read the Leicester Cathedral announcement.



Anniversary of Discovery

On 25 August 1485, the body of King Richard III was interred in the choir of the church of the Greyfriars in Leicester. On 25 August 2012, the remains of his body were discovered, along with what remains of the church, under the car park which had been built over them.

25 August 2012: Trench One an hour before the discovery - in the 2nd parking bay - of the remains of the King
On this anniversary we would like to celebrate this momentous find and once again congratulate all those involved.


Dynasty, Death & Discovery

The Leicester Visitor Centre opens to the public on Saturday 26 July. Based in the old Leicester Grammar School building opposite the Cathedral there are some stunning exhibits including the stain glass window of King Richard with his wife and son and the facial reconstruction of the king commissioned by the Society. The most moving part of the Centre, however, has to be the stone extension built over the grave site itself and which allows the visitor to have a few moments of quiet contemplation. For further information visit

Entrance to Dynasty, Death & Discovery


Society of Antiquaries

Summer opening 30 June — 1 August 2014: The Society of Antiquaries will be opening its doors to the public and presenting an exhibition of its portraits, Portraying the Past: Paintings from the Society of Antiquaries of London. This will be a rare opportunity to see the Society's portraits of Richard III (both the early arch-topped painting and the less edifying version with a broken sword), as well as portraits of Edward IV, Henry VII et al. Admission is free. For further information visit the SOA website.


Society supports new IPM project

10 June 2014: The Richard III Society is helping to fund a project by the University of Winchester to transcribe, translate and publish the Inquisitions Post Mortem (IPMs) from the reign of Richard III. Inquisitions were inquiries made into what lands were held by a tenant-in-chief of the crown when they died. They are valuable primary sources and the results of this project will be of great benefit to anyone undertaking research into our period. To find out more about this important initiative read the article from the June edition of the Ricardian Bulletin.

Looking for Richard III

Question: What took three years, untold amounts of grit and graft, and produced a glittering result?

Answer: Philippa Langley's quest for the lost grave of Richard III.

Many, including academics and archaeologists – not to mention the media – are still reeling from a success that can only be called stunning!

Phlippa Langley next to the grave
Philippa Langley next to the grave.

Philippa Langley knew King Richard III had been 'piteously slain' at Bosworth Field. And she knew the Franciscan Friars of Leicester had laid him to rest in a simple grave. But where to look? Was he still there? And would they let her try to find him?

On 25 August 2012 Philippa Langley's quest for the lost grave of Richard III finally came to fruition!

Find out more …