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Richard III laid to rest at Leicester Cathedral

Richard III laid to rest at Leicester Cathedral

The remains of King Richard III have been laid to rest at Leicester Cathedral, the culmination of a remarkable series of events that began when his body was discovered in 2012 after being lost for hundreds of years.

The reinterment service was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Among the guests on hand were Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and Philipa Langley, who led the search for the English monarch’s remains.

During the service, The Rt Rev Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, said that “People have come in their thousands from around the world to this place of honour, not to judge or condemn but to stand humble and reverent … Today we come to give this King, and these mortal remains the dignity and honour denied to them in death.”

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who recently learned that he is also a descendant of Richard III’s family, reading a poem written by Britain’s Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy:

My bones, scripted in light, upon cold soil,
a human braille. My skull, scarred by a crown,
emptied of history. Describe my soul
as incense, votive, vanishing; you own
the same. Grant me the carving of my name.

These relics, bless. Imagine you re-tie
a broken string and on it thread a cross,
the symbol severed from me when I died.
The end of time – an unknown, unfelt loss –
unless the Resurrection of the Dead …

or I once dreamed of this, your future breath
in prayer for me, lost long, forever found;
or sensed you from the backstage of my death,
as kings glimpse shadows on a battleground.

Very first Images from Service of Reinterment for King Richard III RT @whljohnston: #richardreburied @KRIIILeicester pic.twitter.com/sD28UlKGK2

— King Richard III (@KRIIILeicester) March 26, 2015

"Richard's reputation so much disputed & contested will like so many figures in history continue to clarify & evolve"~ Bishop of Leicester

— Our Site (@Medievalists) March 26, 2015

'500 years after the Wars of the Roses we still run the risk of damaging divisive behaviour' ~Bishop of Leicester #richardreburied

— Our Site (@Medievalists) March 26, 2015

"All our journeys lead to this place where reputation counts for nothing" ~Bishop of Leicester on Death #richardreburied #kriiileicester

— Our Site (@Medievalists) March 26, 2015

#RichardIII "belongs not just to the archaeologists and narrators, but to all of us." – Reverend Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester

— HistoricRoyalPalaces (@HRP_palaces) March 26, 2015

Richard’s Book of Hours, found in his tent after the Battle of Bosworth, is placed on the coffin by HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

— King Richard III (@KRIIILeicester) March 26, 2015

Very moving to see RIII reunited with his Book of Hours. Every medieval ms was once someone's book. #richardreburied pic.twitter.com/ytikn9XDrM

— Lisa Fagin Davis (@lisafdavis) March 26, 2015

Goodbye Richard…The final blessing #richardreburied #kriiileicester pic.twitter.com/xwFUzoPfrH

— Our Site (@Medievalists) March 26, 2015

What a momentous day for the @uniofleicester team who discovered #RichardIII pictured @LeicsCathedral on Tuesday pic.twitter.com/ekhstkGrlx

— UoL News Centre (@UoLNewsCentre) March 26, 2015


Watch the video: Richard III Burial (November 2021).