King Richard III of England will be laid back to rest in a wooden coffin sealed inside a tomb made of Swaledale fossil stone in Leicester Cathedral, the dean of the cathedral announced Monday (June 16). Michael Ibsen, a descendant to King Richard III’s sister Anne of York, will make the king’s coffin.
The announcement comes on the heels of a judicial verdict that concluded the University of Leicester has the legal right to reinter Richard III’s bones. The king ruled England from 1483 until his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. His body was taken to Leicester from the battlefield and buried in a hastily dug grave. Via King Richard III’s Tomb Design Unveiled