King Richard III’s funeral pall designed by alumna

Alumna Jacquie Binns (BA Textiles, 1986) was commissioned by Leicester Cathedral to design an embroidered funeral pall for the reinterment of King Richard III. On Sunday 22 March 2015, the funeral pall was revealed at a reception service for the monarch at Leicester Cathedral.

The black pall is beautifully decorated with an intriguing mix of images. Alongside a knight in armour, King Richard’s queen in heraldic robes are the faces of archaeologist Richard Buckley and the Dean of Leicester, the Very Revd David Monteith.

The Pall was draped over the lead-lined oak coffin by the descendants of four peers who fought both for and against King Richard at Battle of Bosworth in August 1485.

Jacquie Binns

Jacquie said, “The commission was unique. It has been an honour and a pleasure to create the pall which tells both Richard’s story and the story of those who found his remains and brought them to reburial.”

A portable exhibit of the embroidered pall will form part of the permanent exhibition and interpretation programme at Leicester Cathedral.

Behind the scenes video from the King Richard III project:


More information about Jacquie’s work including King Richard III’s funeral pall can be found on her website.