Richard III to be reburied at Leicester cathedral in March

Richard III SkullWe first reported on the confirmation of King Richard III’s remains back in February 2013. It was announced earlier this month that Richard III ‘s reburial will take place at Leicester Cathedral in March 2015.
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Richard III will be reburied at Leicester cathedral next March, it has been announced.

The reinterment service will take place on 26 March following a week of events in Leicestershire to honour the monarch.

The remains will be placed in a lead-lined coffin at Leicester University on 22 March and will travel by hearse to Bosworth for a day of events marking the king’s last movements.

The hearse will travel through villages that were significant to his final days before a service in Bosworth.

The king, who was crowned in 1483, was killed at the battle of Bosworth in August 1485.

The coffin will then return to Leicester cathedral in the early evening, where guests invited by David Monteith, the Dean of Leicester, will attend a reception service.

The monarch’s remains will then lie in repose, his coffin covered with a commissioned pall, for three days to allow for members of the public to pay their respects.

The reinterment service, which will be by invitation only, will be broadcast live on Channel 4.

The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, said: “Our cathedral has been consistently committed to providing a fitting, dignified and memorable ceremony for the reinterment of King Richard.

“We can now see how this works out in detail and our city and county look forward to all the events of next spring.”

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester unearthed the king’s remains in a council car park in Leicester in 2012.

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