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We sent Richard III’s corpse a WhatsApp

If you’ve ever wanted to have a conversation with a dead Plantagenet, now you (sort of) can. 

During coverage of Richard III’s reburial, you can sign up for a BBC service that will ping messages, pictures and links to your phone. 

Instead of using hitherto untouched radio frequencies high enough to reach the spirit realm, the service will actually use WhatsApp. Adding ‘BBC Richard III’ and 07935 237 178 to your contacts book will see you able to register for updates. 

So far, so not very talkative

We liked that ‘Yes your majesty!’ has been set as the WhatsApp status. You’ll need to send the word ‘King’ to the BBC account to get going. It doesn’t look like much is happening yet, and we’ve yet to be creeped out by the appearance of the double blue tick. We sent Richard III some more messages. We’ll let you know if he WhatsApp’s back. 

Discovery of the monarch’s remains in a Leicester car park in August 2012 sparked worldwide interest. The BBC promises coverage of events leading up to the reburial, due to take place at Leicester Cathedral on March 26. 

Ahead of that, the coffin will move from the Fielding Johnson Building at Leicester University and taken to the Fenn Lane Farm, thought to be the closest place to where the king died at the Battle of Bosworth. 

You can opt out at any time if the idea of chatting with a dead monarch becomes too much. If you ask us, it’s licence fee money well spent.  


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