Saturday, 28 February 2015

Countdown to a Royal Event

Five things you may not know about Leicester Cathedral:
One of the side chapels


1.  A King is about to be laid to rest there. 

2.  It used to be the Parish Church of St Martins. 

3.  Workmen are preparing for the reinterment of Richard III and it’s looking good. 

4.  It has that calm ambience that invites you to pop in, sit down and think; something that I can never resist doing when I'm passing. 

5.  My Children’s Book of Richard III is doing a roaring trade in their bookshop.



It is only 26 days until the reinterment of Richard III.

They’ve just published the programme for the week’s events. Here is the full timetable.

Last week, as a guest of Leicester’s Interfaith Group, I was invited to a reception at the Richard III Visitor Centre.  We were given a full tour of the Centre and, as is often the case, I got a lot more out of the visit with an official guide than ever I did on my own. We were welcomed into the Cathedral and the Canon explained exactly what would be happening during that week. The coffin will be received into the Cathedral on the evening of Sunday 22nd March and it will be there for the public to pay their respects each day until the burial on Thursday 26th.

As for the sale of my Children’s Book of Richard III, we hope to be visiting quite a few more schools over the next couple of weeks and during the week of the reinterment we will have a stall on Leicester Market. I’ll be there every lunchtime signings books so if you want to pop along and say ‘hi’, I’ll be only too pleased to meet with you… and, of course, to sign your copy of the Children’s Book of Richard III.

10 comments:

  1. that looks like a lovely cathedral and chapel. So happy for poor King Richard III getting a proper burial with ceremony. Sounds like it will be well done. And congrats to you for your continued success with the book and in educating children on a piece of history. Very fun and in your own backyard. I do wish I could pop by. All the best!

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    1. Thanks, Joanne, it is a lovely Cathedral. The grave where he was found was so small that his body had been forced in slanted upwards. This will be done with dignity at last.

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  2. How wonderful - and you must feel justly rewarded for all your hard work. Well done, Ros!

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    1. Thanks, Jo, maybe even more rewarded when we finally break even!!

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  3. I agree the Cathedral is a lovely peaceful and quiet place to go. The last time I went there was on a Saturday morning. They were serving tea and cakes(home made) The tea was served in china teapots, cups and saucers with china milk jug. I met a friend there by chance and we shared a pot of tea. I am sure that it was not as POSH as Harrods but lovely. Your book was on sale then.

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    1. Thank you for the information about my book. It's good to know that it's on display in these places.

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  4. How exciting that you got a VIP kinda tour of the visitor's center. I'm so happy for you that your book is selling so well. You picked the absolutely perfect time to publish it! (You smartie!)

    I answered your question on my blog, but just in case you don't make it over there to see it, I'll answer it here, too. I have no idea how the Groundhog Day tradition even began, but in a nutshell, if the groundhog sees his shadow on February 2, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn't, that's foretells of an early springs. Perfectly sensible, right?

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  5. How wonderful that you've been a part of this process since the beginning, and now you'll be able to see Richard III properly laid to rest! Glad you enjoyed your lovely tour of the visitor's center. Congrats on the success of your delightful children's book, Rosalind!

    Julie

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  6. Hi Ros .. so pleased you're going to be part of the Remembrances for Richard - and wonderful to be involved and to later on let us know - what happened etc ... great to have first hand information. So pleased your book is doing so well on the stands - in the Cathedral and on your tours around the schools. I suspect you'll be doing a roaring trade during that week of Re-interrment ...

    Thanks for the link across to the timetable - I'll enjoy seeing the services and no doubt news link ups ... Congratulations as you've put so much work in to the book and ancillary aspects ... cheers Hilary

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  7. So happy the King is being put to rest in a fitting manner. Good luck with your book sales Ros, you have worked very hard.

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