الأربعاء , يونيو 17 2020

Cathedral set to rebury Richard III

coffin in cathedral

Richard III’s coffin arrived at Leicester Cathedral on Sunday

King Richard III’s body is due to be laid to rest at Leicester Cathedral later at a service presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Most Rev Justin Welby will be joined by local senior clergy and representatives of world faiths for the service at 11:30 GMT.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester are also among the guests.

The king’s remains were found beneath a Leicester car park in 2012.

Thousands of people lined the streets as the last Plantagenet king’s funeral procession travelled through the county on Sunday.

Many more queued for hours to view the coffin in the cathedral.

Richard III coffin

Crowds adorned Richard III’s coffin with white roses as it travelled to the cathedral

Richard III procession crowds

Thousands of people lined the streets on Sunday to view the procession

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who was found to be a distant relation of the king, is due to read a poem written by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at the service.

Also invited to attend are 200 members of the public following a ballot and representatives of those involved in finding and identifying the remains.

Communities who live in the vicinity of the battle site and known descendants from the Battle of Bosworth have also been invited.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch will play Richard III in a TV production for the BBC

Queues Leicester cathedral

People queued for up to four hours to see the coffin in Leicester Cathedral

More than 20,000 visitors queued for up to four hours at a time to catch a glimpse of the coffin inside the cathedral before it was closed on Wednesday for the reburial preparations to get under way.

The cathedral will fully reopen to the public on Friday when the king’s sealed tomb will be revealed.

Richard III coffin and remains

The king’s skeleton was sealed inside a lead-lined inner casket known as an ossuary last week

The reburial has not been without controversy. Campaigners who petitioned for Richard III to be reburied in York have described the events in Leicester over the last week as a “pantomime”.

Richard, the last English king to die in battle, was killed at Bosworth Field in 1485, at the end of the Wars of the Roses.

Richard III skull next to facial reconstruction

Richard III’s remains were found under a car park in Leicester in 2012

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