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February 24, 2017

Richard III’s Prayer Book goes online courtesy of Leicester Cathedral.

April 7, 2015

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch read a poem especially commissioned for the reinterment, entitled “Richard”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38nodTfpro4&feature=share

You can download a copy of the reinterment order of service as a PDF from this site: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/richard-iii-the-reburial?hootPostID=fcdf6e212d8729e27555c14f21ba9196
(Click on “Download” and then “Save as” a file to your computer)

If you would like to own your own hard-copy set of the Orders of Service, (Compline on 22nd, Reinterment on 26th and Reveal on 27th March) the cost is £12.50 plus P&P. Please go to www.kingrichardinleicester.com/shop to place your order and following payment by credit card, your order will be processed.  My test run of their order process indicates that one set of the 3 booklets will cost you £17.50, including £5 shipping to Canada.

Patricia Treble from Maclean’s Magazine was in Leicester for a few days during reinterment week, and met up with Canadian members at the Leicester Guildhall to discuss Richard III.  She has posted a number of stories:




September 1, 2016

The Richmond
Hill Historical Society is hosting our talk on Richard III on Monday, September 19th at 7:30 p.m. at the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church. This event is open to the public.

August 31, 2016

Society members will present The Search for Richard III at the Leaside Library in Toronto, ON on Wednesday, September 21st from 7 to 8 p.m. Open to all, no registration required.

August 28, 2016

Join us for our general meeting on Sunday, September 9th starting at 2 p.m. We’ll be discussing The Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith, with the author joining us by Skype to answer questions.

August 22, 2016

The Richard III Society of Canada commemorates King Richard III in the Globe and Mail today.

August 20, 2016

A 50th Anniversary luncheon and Annual General Meeting of the Richard III Society of Canada will be held on Saturday, October 1st at Campbell House Museum in Toronto. Prospective members are welcome to attend. Email the Chairman for more

January 31, 2016

This year is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death: how does his villainous Richard III compare to the historical truth?

September 19, 2015

We’ve updated our Branch Library catalogue, for those members who wish to borrow books, articles or resources for their own research endeavours!

September 13, 2015

The Annual General Meeting of the Richard III Society of Canada will be held on Saturday, October 3rd at 4 p.m. in Toronto. Prospective members are welcome to attend. Email the Chairman for more information…

August 22, 2015

The Richard III Society of Canada commemorates King Richard III in the Globe and Mail today.

August 21, 2015

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre has a weekend full of events to commemorate the 530th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth.

March 16, 2015

Stay up to date with our activities in Leicester during reinterment week: Follow us on Twitter @RicardIIICA

March 13, 2015

Society member Bob Duncanson’s trip to Leicester was featured in his local weekly, Kitchener Post. Check out the story here.

March 11, 2015

At 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22nd, the Canadian Branch will be hosting an Evensong service to commemorate the discovery and reinterment of King Richard III at St. Peter’s Erindale in Mississauga. Afterwards, at 5:30 p.m. we will be convening at Blarney’s Gate Irish Pub on Dundas Street West in Mississauga.All are welcome to attend either event. Get details here.

February 26, 2015

One month until the reinterment of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral. Canadian members will be attending various events during reinterment week .

February 10, 2015

One member’s brief brush with fame: http://www.thespec.com/news-story/5330985-a-front-row-seat-for-people-who-dig-richard-iii/

Thanks to the Hamilton Spectator for their interest!

January 18, 2015

We’re proud to present our new Membership brochure, here. (Click on image and press “Page Down” for the 2nd page.)

January 15, 2015

We’ve opened a Media Contact page. If you have inquiries about the Canadian participation in the reinterment of King Richard III in Leicester on March 26th, please check here.

January 11, 2015

You can listen to Philippa Langley and Annette Carson discuss Richard III on BBC Radio 4 Great Lives program, online at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04wv045

December 29, 2014

The Leicester Mercury has mentioned the Canadian branch and our plans to travel to Leicester in March for the reinterment events:


August 22, 2014




Our annual In Memoriam to commemorate the death of King Richard III appears in the Friday, August 22nd edition of The Globe and Mail.

August 18, 2014

The Journal of Archaeological Science has published further findings from the examination of King Richard’s remains. Read the article here.

August 7, 2014

The reburial date for King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral has been announced: March 26, 2015. YouTube video

May 31, 2014

The Lancet has published a case report on the scoliosis of Richard III: diagnosis and clinical significance.
Video and audio files are available.

May 23, 2014

At Last! A decision has been reached in the Judicial Review over the validity of the exhumation license granted by the Ministry of Justice to the University of Leicester. The 3-judge panel has found the license to be legally valid and sound, and dismissed the challenge presented by the Plantagenet Alliance.

You can read the High Court’s decision here.

Plans can now proceed to “reinter King Richard with the dignity and sanctity that is due to an anointed king of England”, according to Richard III Society chairman, Dr. Phil Stone.

February 8, 2014

The Canadian Branch has adopted a roof boss – NN3.8 The White Rose of York – at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

February 5, 2014

Philippa Langley puts out a call to the University of Leicester to honour the original agreement, allowing King Richard to rest with dignity and honour before his reburial: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-26041192

February 2, 2014

New websites with lots of Ricardian information: The Looking for Richard team has created a site to document their role in launching the search for King Richard III http://looking-for-richard.webs.com/

Leicester Cathedral has dedicated their new website, launched on the first anniversary of “the reveal” to: www.kingrichardinleicester.com

Dr. John Ashdown-Hill’s website covers his body of work and features King Richard III: www.johnashdownhill.com

January 6, 2014

Give Richard III a decent burial– Historian Dr. John Ashdown-Hill calls for King Richard to be laid to rest with dignity.

November 26, 2013

The Judicial Review petition launched by the Plantagenet Alliance has been adjourned. A new date has been set in March 2014.

November 21, 2013

Giving King Richard III a reburial fit for a medieval king. This article describes the reburial service and music that was practiced in Richard’s lifetime.

October 2013

Canadian Branch member  Donald MacLachlan has published The Adventure of the Bloody Tower, a novel on the controversies surrounding the Princes in the Tower. Written in the style of a Sherlock Holmes mystery, on this occasion it is Doctor John Watson who is doing the detecting.

The book is available at www.baker-street-studios.com or from Amazon.com.

See Donald’s article on our Newsletters and Papers page: Bones, Burials and Bunkum: Richard III and the Tower of London

September 19, 2013

Leicester Cathedral has revealed its plans for King Richard’s tomb.

August 22, 2013

Our annual In Memoriam to commemorate the death of King Richard III appears in the Thursday, August 22nd edition of The Globe and Mail.

August 13, 2013

Members of the public are welcome join the Society at a Requiem service for King Richard III will be held at Wycliffe College Chapel on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto, on Thursday, August 22nd at 6 p.m.

The college is at 5 Hoskin Avenue, directly across the road from Trinity College (just off Queen’s Park Crescent West). TTC bus access from the Wellesley subway station, or the Museum station is a short walk away. Parking is available on Tower Road, on the south side of Hoskin Avenue.

For those who wish to, we shall repair to the Duke of York after the service for drinks or dinner. The pub is on Prince Arthur Avenue, only a 10 minute walk from the chapel, or there is Green P parking nearby on Bedford Road.

July 21, 2013

Digging at the Greyfriars site recommenced on July 1st, with new finds being uncovered. Here’s a summary of the progress on the site to date:


July 18, 2013

Leicester Cathedral has announced that Richard III will have a table tomb.

There are several possible designs for the tomb, which are being developed by van Heyningen and Haward architects, on behalf of the Cathedral, and a working party that includes representatives from the Richard III Society, the University of Leicester and the City Council.

A graphic showing the concept for the table tomb forms part of the BBC news story and is included on the Cathedral’s website, where there are further details.

The Society and Leicester University have both published press releases and the story is carried by the BBC, as above, and the Leicester Mercury.

April 19, 2013

Those of you in the Vancouver area have a unique opportunity to hear Dr. Jo Appleby and Dr. Turi King speak on  Unearthing the King: The Discovery of Richard III on May 14 at Simon Fraser University.

March 15, 2013

Join us at Forward into the Past, at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario on Saturday, April 6 for workshops and lectures on a wide range of historical topics, including King Richard III. All for the low registration cost of $15.

February 17, 2013

BBC History Magazine has a podcast interview you can download with Lin Foxhall of the University of Leicester, and Dr. Phil Stone, Chairman of the Richard III Society on their website here

February 17, 2013

Catching up on recent events… here are links to CBC Radio interviews on the subject of Richard III, the identification of his remains and the Richard III Society: Interview with Professor Jonathan Hart, a Shakespearean scholar with the University of Alberta:


Interview with Turi King, the geneticist who helped identify the skeletal remains of King Richard III:


Interview with Richard III Society member Jan O’Brien of Kelowna, BC:


February 16, 2013

Our Twitter “Master”, Sheilah O’Connor @RichardIIICA, participated in a Twitterchat on Richard III with moderator VIDOCQ at Defrosting Cold Cases

February 13, 2013

The Society has issued a press release regarding the site and design of King Richard’s tomb. There are two photos showing the design: Photo 1 and Photo 2

February 10, 2013

Join us at our general meeting at 2 p.m. today at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Mississauga, ON (719 Dundas Street East at Cawthra). A choral Evensong service to commemorate King Richard III will follow at 4 p.m. Members of the public are very welcome to attend both the meeting and the service. For more information, click here.

February 9, 2013

A couple of members have had the opportunity to speak to local newspapers about the identification of King Richard III’s remains in Leicester this week:

From the Hamilton Spectator (Hamilton, Ontario)


From the Record (Kitchener, Ontario)


February 4, 2013

The University of Leicester has announced they have found the body of King Richard III under a car park in Leicester. He will be re-interred in Leicester Cathedral in early 2014.

The parent Society website will be re-launched today with the latest news: www.richardiii.net

See the facial reconstruction of King Richard III at BBC News. The Richard III Society will officially unveil the reconstruction at 10:00 GMT on Tuesday, February 5th at the Society of Antiquaries in London.

February 3, 2013

The Richard III Society of Canada will hold its general meeting at 2 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Mississauga, ON (719 Dundas Street East at Cawthra) on Sunday, February 10th. A choral Evensong service to commemorate King Richard III will follow at 4 p.m. Members of the public are very welcome to attend both the meeting and the service. For more information, click here.

February 2, 2013



Monday 4th February 2013

10am Leicester University Press Conference to reveal the results of a series of scientific investigations into human remains – which are possibly those of King Richard III.

9.00pm Channel Four documentary The King in the Car Park the full inside story of the hunt for Richard III.


4 FEBRUARY 2013 10.00 GMT

The press conference will reveal the results of the investigations into the human remains found on the site of the Greyfriars.

There will not be a live stream on the university’s website, however the press conference will be recorded and put up on the site as soon as possible after its conclusion.

Leicester University website:

The University will also be tweeting live from the conference:

We understand that the BBC may be carrying a live stream via their website and news channel, subject to the news agenda for that day. BBC website:

Canadian contact:

Tracy Bryce, Chair, Richard III Society of Canada


December 27, 2012

The latest Society press release which contains some exciting news about the facial reconstruction of our Greyfriars Warrior.

December 1, 2012

The Canadian news show 16×9 has posted an excellent
video “Old
Bones: Possible Richard III remains and DNA link found”, on YouTube,
which also interviews Mr. Michael Ibsen, the Canadian descendant of the
House of York

(Opens video file in a new Window)

November 1, 2012

The Richard III Society has
released an explanatory statement about scoliosis, as the medieval
warrior found at Greyfriars lived with this condition

“Disability is not a Deformity”

October 2, 2012

This day we
honour the 560th anniversary of the birth of King Richard III, born at
Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire on October 2, 1452.

Loyaulte me lie

October 1, 2012

The September 29th edition of
the Globe and Mail has a very comprehensive article about the
efforts to identify the remains found at the Greyfriars Church
dig site in Leicester:


September 29, 2012

Richard III Society chairman, Phil Stone, has sent a message to members and photographs of the Leicester dig.

September 12, 2012

Here’s the video of the 35 minute press conference http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8mk1Kcgyh0 put on by the University of Leicester, “to bring you right up to speed with the progress the University has made”. (You may need to open this content in a new window).

September 11, 2012

Human remains have been found at the Greyfriars Church archaeological site in Leicester!

Here is the press release from Leicester University, describing the few confirmed facts. It will be another 12 weeks before DNA testing can confirm or deny the recovery of the body of King Richard III.

September 8, 2012

Follow along with the archaeological dig at the site of Greyfriars Church in Leicester. The
Greyfriars Project
. The team have uncovered the remains of Robert Herrick’s garden where, in 1612, a memorial pillar to King Richard III once stood.

August 23, 2012

The archaeological dig in search of Greyfriars Church in Leicester begins today. Of particular interest is the location of the choir, the reported site of the tomb of King Richard III.

August 22, 2012

Our annual In Memoriam to commemorate the death of King Richard III appears in the Wednesday, August 22nd edition of The Globe and Mail.

July 24, 2012

The Yorkshire Museum has started an appeal to purchase a rare 15th Century silver gilt badge from the reign of Richard III, discovered near York in 2010.

Thousands of the boar-shaped badges were made for the King’s supporters in 1483 but few have been found. The museum in York has until September to raise £2,000 to purchase the badge or it will be sold privately.

Update August 22nd : the Yorkshire Museum has secured the funds needed to purchase the “Yorkshire boar” badge

July 23, 2012

The Canadian branch is delighted to donate £318 towards the Richard III Archaeological Appeal, from the David Yuill bequest. Our thanks go to individual branch members who supported the cause with personal donations.

April 28, 2012

Richard III Society 2012 North American AGM and Conference

The Richard III Society of Canada is pleased to host a joint American-Canadian AGM and
from September 28 to 30, 2012 in Oakville, Ontario. Join us at the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Oakville at 2774 South Sheridan Way, Oakville, ON L6J 7T4 905-829-1145

Please visit our blog at http://r3toronto2012.blogspot.com/ for the latest news on AGM speakers, silent auction items, and updates. For registration information, click HERE

April 1, 2012

The Canadian branch is delighted to donate £560 towards repair work needed for the 
Church of St. Mary and St. Alkelda
in Middleham, North Yorkshire. A good portion of this donation is from a bequest to our branch by the late David Yuill of British Columbia. Richard of Gloucester had this church elevated to the status of a college in 1477 and it retained its collegiate constitution for about 350 years.

September 2, 2011

Glasswater Theatre in Toronto is staging a production of The Queens by Normand Chaurette. “Drawing inspiration from the characters of Shakespeare’s Richard III, The Queens tells the story of 6 ruthless and passionate royal women, all vying for a chance at power.”

A member has found this recent article from BBC News, with the tantalizing story of Thomas Longe, a farmer and common soldier who fought for King Richard at Bosworth Field.

August 22, 2011

Our annual In Memoriam to commemorate the death of King Richard III appears in the Monday, August 22nd edition of The Globe and Mail.

August 6, 2011

It is with deep regret we report the passing of Mrs. Anne Buyers, who, along with her husband William (Bill), founded The Richard III Society of Canada in November 1966. Anne died in Niagara on the Lake on Sunday, July 31, 2011 aged 96.

March 19, 2011

The Toronto Group of the Canadian Branch will be hosting a joint American/Canadian Conference and Annual General Meeting in Toronto in 2012. Keep up to date with the planning for this event by reading our blog:


New page added: The Wars of the Roses , a summary of the battles fought between York and Lancaster.

Added more chronological detail to Biography of Richard III

Updated Reading List with newest publications

Updated Calendar of Events

See all recent website updates

January 16, 2011

Added “Why Shakepeare Sucks” to the Newsletters and Papers page

Added biography of Anne Neville to Dramatis Personae

Updated Calendar of Events

September 1, 2010

Added a picture of the plaque in the Church of St. James at Sutton Cheney, taken July 6, 2010.

Added pictures taken at Bosworth battlefield on July 6, 2010 of the original battlefield viewed from Ambion Hill, and the confirmed site towards Fenn Lane (which we couldn’t approach at
that time).

August 24, 2010

Member Denise McGill thoughtfully engaged a class of grade 5 students at Morna Heights School in New Brunswick in the great debate: Who Killed the Princes in the Tower?

Read her article

August 7, 2010

Our annual In Memoriam to commemorate the death of King Richard III and those of his affinity who fought and fell with him on August 22, 1485. Read our announcement in The Globe and Mail here.

New to the Newsletters page: Titulus Regius – The Title of the King, a paper presented at a general meeting in Toronto.

A picture has been added to The Mystery of the Princes in the Tower page,
of the brass plaque installed in the staircase leading to the Chapel of
St. John in the White Tower at the Tower of London. Taken July 13, 2010.

Updates to  Calendar of Events and Ricardian Memorabilia

May 9, 2010

An update to the Membership page, with our recent increase in subscriptions.