A reinterment was held for Richard III on Thursday, where actor Benedict Cumberbatch, read a poem. The chosen poem was written by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who was commissioned late last year by Leicester Cathedral when plans for the service were first being put together. The poem is titled ‘Richard’ and is described as, “A meditation on the impact of his finding and on the legacy of his story.”
“It is a privilege to be involved, in a small way, in this unique event and to have seen the style and grace with which the City of Leicester has made history alive,” Carol Ann Duffy said in a press statement.
As his tomb will soon be revealed, the 14 line poem includes the phrase ‘grant me the carving of my name’, which is what has at last been achieved in the creation of the tomb in Leicester Cathedral.
Cumberbatch was recently identified as a third cousin, 16 times removed, of King Richard III, who he will be playing in the upcoming BBC series The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses.
The poem is entitled ‘Richard’ and it is described as “a meditation on the impact of his finding and on the legacy of his story”.