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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: Honoured at last

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Orders of Service

Leicester Cathedral have advised us that the Orders of Service for the services of Compline, Reinterment and Reveal are available at £12.50 plus P&P. If you would like to receive a set please order via their online shop. A set will then be posted to you.


Richard III by Andrew JamiesonRichard III by Andrew Jamieson,
© Richard III Society.

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


New Membership Arrangements

Visit the membership section to learn more about the new administration of our membership function.


See recent What's New items.

Latest News

King Richard III Visitor Centre

The King Richard III Visitor Centre has been named as the Best Large Visitor Attraction in Leicester and Leicestershire at a ceremony on 5 November. Find out more.


Looking for Richard Investiture

Philippa Langley
© The Press Association.
The Richard III Society congratulates Philippa Langley and Dr John Ashdown-Hill on their investiture at Buckingham Palace on 9 October when they were awarded the MBE by HM The Queen.


Ricardian Bulletin September issue

It has come to our attention that a small number of members have yet to receive their September Bulletin. By now all members should have received their copies. If any members have yet received their September Bulletin could they please e-mail Stephen York. Stephen will arrange for a replacement copy to be sent as soon as possible.


Facial Reconstruction revised

On Thursday, 10th September, Dr Turi King, Prof Caroline Wilkinson and Dr Phil Stone met at the King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester to discuss King Richard's hair colour. Although the DNA analysis has suggested he had blond hair and blue eyes in childhood, the colour of the hair on the facial reconstruction needs to be what would have been seen in adulthood. Facial Reconstruction revised
image courtesy of Carl Vivian
Leicester University
Using the portrait in the Society of Antiquaries of London as a guide, the hair is now a mid brown with a slight wave. Prof Wilkinson, Dr King and Phil Stone hope that this will be "the definitive image of the reconstruction with both scientific and historical evidence to support the hair colour and style."



Reinterment week: 22-27 March

The Society held a series of events for its members during the Reinterment week. You can also read our diary @ reinterment week.


'Good King Richard' play

The White Bear Theatre in Kennington, London 8th – 20th December 2015. Performances are at 7.30pm Tuesday to Saturday and at 4pm on Sunday. Drawing on contemporary sources, unsullied by Tudor propaganda, 'Good King Richard' dramatises—for the very first time—the true events which propelled Richard onto the throne of England and two years later, led to his downfall. Written and directed by Ian Dixon Potter. Find out more.


After Leicester

The week of the reinterment of King Richard III is now behind us and we can all take much solace from the knowledge that the king now lies in peace and honour reburied in the consecrated ground of Leicester Cathedral. more


Battle of Northampton (1460) site

A planning application has been received by Northampton Borough Council for a car park to be built on the battlefield site—a battle site of The Wars of the Roses. To learn more and how register your protest please click here.


Looking for Richard FAQs

The Looking for Richard team have compiled some frequently asked questions about the project that found King Richard's final resting place in 2012.


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 …