الأربعاء , يونيو 17 2020

Richard III reburial journey begins

Richard III cortegeRichard III’s cortege will tour Leicestershire before reaching Leicester Cathedral

King Richard III’s hearse has begun its journey through Leicestershire ahead of his reburial.

The cortege departed the University of Leicester after a short ceremony. It will pass places in Leicestershire associated with the former king, who died at Bosworth in 1485.

The coffin is set to reach Leicester Cathedral at 17:35 GMT, where he will be finally reinterred on Thursday.

Richard’s skeleton was found in 2012, in an old friary beneath a car park.

A special morning service was held at the cathedral and a vigil was staged by a local re-enactment group at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre earlier.



Descendants of Richard III place roses on his coffin

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Descendants of Richard III placed white roses on his coffin

The former king’s coffin, which is made of English oak from a Duchy of Cornwall plantation, emerged during a ceremony led by the university’s chancellor.

Archaeologists, academics, researchers and descendants of Richard III’s family, including Michael Ibsen who built the coffin, placed white roses on it during the ceremony.

Richard III ceremonyThe university’s chancellor led a short ceremony before the cortege departed

Michael IbsenCanadian carpenter Michael Ibsen, a descendent of King Richard III’s family, took part in the ceremony

Richard III skull next to facial reconstructionRichard III’s remains were found under a car park in Leicester

The reburial procession began at Fenn Lane Farm, believed to be the closest spot to where the king was killed.

Ceremonies are due to take place as the cortege travels towards Leicester, including at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Bow Bridge, the medieval city boundary.

The city council has announced disruption to roads and car parks for Sunday.

After a service at St Nicholas Church, the coffin will be transferred to a horse-drawn hearse before arriving at the cathedral via High Street and Grey Friars.

The council said the best places to see the cortege would be High Street, Gallowtree Gate or outside Curve Theatre.

Screens will be up at the Clock Tower and Jubilee Square showing the procession live.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said it would be a “breathtaking event” and encouraged people to use public transport.

“We are expecting large numbers of people to want to pay their respects in a dignified manner to King Richard and the journey of his cortege into the city will give people the chance to do that,” he said.

There will be rolling road closures along the A47 Hinckley Road and drivers have been asked to use other routes. There will be disruption to Newarke Street, Rutland Centre and St Nicholas car parks.

Footpaths and cycle paths will remain open as normal.

Richard III coffin and remainsThe former king’s skeleton was sealed inside a lead-lined inner casket known as an ossuary earlier this week

Below is a map of the planned procession through the county. Click here for the route through Leicester city centre.

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Fenn Lanes



Bosworth Heritage Centre



Bow Bridge



Fenn Lane Farm



Dadlington Church



Sutton Cheney Church



University of Leicester



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