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Leicester School Children Create Medieval Flags for Richard III Reburial

Medieval style flags which will feature in the reburial of King Richard III are being created by school children from across Leicester.

Kiran Amin (nine) and Dominika Hmilanska (nine). Credit.
Kiran Amin (nine) and Dominika Hmilanska (nine). Credit.

Around 200 pupils from 10 schools across the city are taking part in a series of artist workshops to create 80 flags, known as pennants, emblazoned with medieval designs associated with King Richard III.


The pennants will take pride of place in the king’s reinterment procession on March 22, by being displayed on Bow Bridge for the arrival of the cortège carrying King Richard’s remains. Children will also be joining the procession accompanying the coffin to Leicester Cathedral.


King Richard would have ridden out to battle across the original Bow Bridge, at the same site in St Augustine’s Way, on his way to Bosworth Field.


Schools taking part in the pennant making workshops include Christ the King Catholic Primary School, Shaftesbury Junior School, Linden Primary, Thurnby Lodge Primary School, Avenue Primary School, Northfield House Primary, Sandfield Close Primary School, St Thomas More Catholic Primary, Hazel Primary School and Dovelands Primary School.


Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby will among those on Bow Bridge to welcome the coffin and said, “The story of King Richard III and his reinterment in Leicester is a fascinating chapter in the city’s heritage, and its wonderful to see so many local young people playing a part in this important historic event.


“These workshops have given pupils the chance to work with a professional artist on designs which would have been familiar in King Richard’s day.


“Hopefully the children involved part will take away fond memories of their part in this once-in-a-lifetime event.”