Exactly one month from today, I will be heading home from Leicester after participating in several of the many events planned for the reinterment of Richard III. The people & organizations of Leicester should rightfully be proud of all they have accomplished since the discovery of Richard's remains, & those malcontents who have contributed nothing but trouble, negativity, & chaos should be ashamed of their immature behavior.
When I started this blog, I had small hope of even being in Leicester when Richard III was reinterred in the Cathedral there. But Life has a funny way of sorting things out & sure enough, I'll be winging my way to the UK next month. I can't wait!
There have been many surprises along the way, but the biggest one (to me at least) was the extent of cooperation between Leicester Cathedral & the Roman Catholic Church. The highest ranking official in the Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Westminster (himself a great-nephew of Richard III) will be presiding over the ceremonies alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury.
All segments of the Leicester community have been involved in some way in the preparations, including cute little school kids who made fabric bags for some of Richard's bones. Outside of Leicester, the community of Market Bosworth has taken on a project to create bunting for their town to display on Sunday, March 22 when Richard's remains are processed from the Battlefield to Leicester Cathedral.
There will even be representatives of the Royal Family. The Duke & Duchess of Gloucester will be at all three ceremonies at Leicester Cathedral, & will be joined by the Countess of Wessex for the reinterment ceremony itself.
Despite the mumblings of the discontented (who claim they won't be going to Leicester anyway, so why are they so obsessed about it?), the week of Richard's reinterment promises to be a grand one & I am very excited to be able to go.