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King Richard III’s embroidered funeral pall was revealed at a reception service for the monarch at Leicester Cathedral on Sunday.
Created by artist Jacquie Binns, the black pall is beautifully decorated with an intriguing mix of images. Alongside a knight in armour, King Richard’s queen in heraldic robes are the faces of archaeologist Richard Buckley and the Dean of Leicester, the Very Revd David Monteith.
The Pall was draped over the lead-lined oak coffin by the descendants of four peers who fought both for and against King Richard at Battle of Bosworth in August 1485.
Jacquie Binns, who has created pieces for St Paul’s and St Albans Cathedrals, said, “The commission was unique. It has been an honour and a pleasure to create the pall which tells both Richard’s story and the story of those who found his remains and brought them to reburial.”
A portable exhibit of the embroidered pall will form part of the permanent exhibition and interpretation programme at Leicester Cathedral. This has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Drapers Trust and the AllChurches Trust.
Vanessa Harbar, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands said, “This coffin pall represents the coming together of past and present. It helps us to reflect on a tumultuous period in our history and what it means for our own times. Helped by Lottery funding, the pall and the permanent exhibition will ensure that visitors to the Cathedral will be able to learn about this extraordinary story and experience parts of the re-internment service for themselves. It’s just one of many ways that Leicester has used its heritage to regenerate the city in recent years.”