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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

            RIII tomb    

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


See recent What's New items.


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.


Latest News

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.


Moira Habberjam

The Richard III Society is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of its vice-Presidents, Moira Habberjam, on 25 June. Moira devoted many decades to the work of the Society both as secretary of the Yorkshire Branch and as a valued member of the Research Committee. Her skills as a palaeographer and Latinist were of immense value to the Society's research agenda, as evidenced by her vital contribution to the success of the Logge Wills Project. There will be an obituary and other tributes in September's Ricardian Bulletin. In the meantime, we offer our sincere condolences to her husband, Gerald, and the rest of her family.Moira Habberjam
Moira receiving the Robert Hamblin Award for 2008


The Queen's Birthday Honours

Philippa Langley and Dr John Ashdown-Hill have been awarded the MBE in recognition of their services to 'the Exhumation and Identification of Richard III' (London Gazette) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours. The Richard III Society congratulates them both for this public recognition of their hard work, research and determination. 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



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.


2015 Jorvik Medieval Festival

Jorvick FestivalDuring August the Jorvik Group are organising a number of events with King Richard III as their theme. Find out more.


Anniversary of The Battle of Agincourt

The 600th Anniversary of The Battle of Agincourt Conference 2015 is being organised by the University of Southampton and will take place Friday 31 July – Monday 3 August. more

Book your place.


Fotheringhay Church Appeal

16 September 2015: At the launch of the Church Appeal by The Society's Patron and Patron of the Appeal, HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG, GCVO will speak on Fotheringhay Church: Parish Church but also Plantagenet Monument. Find out more.


An evening with Mary Queen of Scots

25 September 2015: The Friends of Fotheringhay Church present 'An evening with Mary Queen of Scots'. Find out more.



2015 EMF Yorkshire Autumn Festival

11-13 September 2015: This will take place in and around Middleham. The focus of the event is a concert of newly-commissioned works all with Richard III as the theme. Find out more.


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 …