London - After his last resting place beneath a council car park, anything would be an improvement for Richard III.
But following one row over whether his remains should be reburied in Leicester or York, a new dispute emerged on Wednesday over how grand the tomb should be.
Despite calls for an elaborate memorial, it seems the last Plantagenet king will have to make do with something much more simple within Leicester Cathedral. The cathedral’s design brief specifies a preference for “a place of simple dignity” – an engraved memorial stone.
It informs architects the church authorities would like to “mark the place of burial with a ledger stone” which sits flat on the floor, possibly with a “decorative border”. Anything more grandiose would be “disproportionate”.
The new monument will be placed on the spot where a memorial stone commemorating the 15th century king currently sits within the chancel.