The reburial or reinterment of a body sharing the same female DNA as Richard III and many others recalls the Umbettung of Friedrich der Große in 1991. At least the pomp and ceremony in the former case will not be limited by the wishes of Richard to a burial at night by the light of carriage lamps.


Grabplatte Friedrich II. Schuschke von SK49 – Eigenes Werk. Lizenziert unter CC BY 3.0 über Wikimedia Commons

(Spiegel article on Richard III)

See also Operation Bodysnatch on the saltmine.

2 thoughts on “Umbettung

  1. You’re just begging the Johnny Potatoseed question. How singularly unpractical -un-Prussian- to put them on top to wither and rot, instead of burying them midst the remains, as in the ballad: Out of Sweet William’s heart there grew a rose, / Out of Barbry Allen’s a briar. I hope people don’t commemorate Lee Kuan Yew with chewing gum.

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