Leicester's Richard III statue reinstated at Cathedral Gardens
- 26 June 2014
- From the section Leicester
A statue of King Richard III has been reinstated in Leicester as part of a £2.5m regeneration project.
The bronze figure, which has a new, full-length sword, has been restored, cleaned and polished before being installed at Cathedral Gardens.
The statue was lifted off its plinth and moved from Castle Gardens in May.
It was donated to the city by the Richard III Society in 1980.
City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: "The arrival of the statue in Cathedral Gardens is a very poignant moment.
"In the few weeks since the statue was taken away for restoration, we have learned that Leicester will rightly be the final resting place for the remains of Richard III.
"We could not wish for a more fitting memorial to this extraordinary chapter in the city's history."
The statue now stands on a low slab of polished granite matching materials used in the gardens redevelopment.
Last month, a High Court ruled that the king's remains would be reburied at Leicester Cathedral.
There will be a weekend of celebrations to mark the opening of Cathedral Gardens on 5 July.
The new King Richard III Visitor Centre, on Peacock Lane, will open on 26 July.
An outdoor event space with seating for up to 800 people and artwork telling the story of Richard lll's death is also part of the £2.5m Cathedral Quarter regeneration project.