Back in October we visited Leicester for the day with my in-laws, Bob and RJ Steed, who flew out to see us and Europe. In Leicester we went to Abbey Park to walk around, and then downtown to see the Cathedral and the Guildhall (I blogged about this, I think). What was interesting is at the time some bones had been dug up nearby, reputedly of Richard III, who lost the Battle of Bosworth to Henry VII (Henry Tudor, Dad of Henry VIII). Turns out, the bones are him!
The BBC put out a really nice documentary on the dig, and the people behind making it happen. The whole story is almost to hard to believe because the circumstances are uncanny and almost unbelievable, but in the end even the hardened skeptics were convinced, due to science, that the bones are his.
We are now expecting that his body will be interred in Leicester Cathedral, and that members of the royal family will make the visit for the ceremony. A parent in my room works in Leicester and parks “in the car park next to the car park,” and says there is a lot of activity preparing the city for a royal visit.
Here is a link to the documentary, available online on BBC4. Warning, there are commercials, but if you have the time it is a good documentary.
Here are some extra pictures from our visit long ago to Leicester.