Leicester is the largest city in the East Midlands region of England, the largest city of the ceremonial and historic county of Leicestershire, with a population of some 330,000 in the city area and nearly 500,000 in the metropolitan area.
Leicester is one of the oldest English cities, having been founded by the Romans as Ratae Corieltauvorum in 50 CE. Unusually for a British industrial city, much of its Roman and Medieval history is still visible today in the restored old town. Leicester is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United Kingdom and is Britain's first environment city. Leicester has grown rapidly throughout the centuries and is now a cosmopolitan city with friendly people from all races, backgrounds and cultures, creating a culturally diverse city where the 2015 reburial of King Richard III catapulted it to international fame.