King Richard III gets funeral, 530 years after death The coffin containing the remains of King Richard III is carried in a procession for interment at Leicester Cathedral in Leicester, England (Getty Images)
King Richard III gets funeral, 530 years after death
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Richard III finally received the ceremony and honor a king deserves, 530 years after his death in battle.

Hundreds of people, including some in period costume and armor, turned out in England's Leicestershire on Sunday to watch a procession carrying the remains of the medieval king whose bones were found in 2012 under a parking lot. The cortege made its way to Leicester Cathedral, where the monarch will be properly reburied.

Richard was killed in battle against Henry Tudor in 1485 and buried hastily without a coffin in a long-demolished monastery.

His bones weren't found until 2012, when archaeologists excavated them from a Leicester parking lot. DNA tests, bone analysis and other scientific scrutiny established that the skeleton belonged to the king.

On Sunday, a hearse carrying the monarch's remains, sealed inside an oak coffin, processed through Leicestershire's countryside to Bosworth, the battlefield where the monarch fell. Crowds lined the route of the cortege and re-enactors in costume fired cannons in a 21-gun salute.

Michael Ibsen, a descendant of the monarch who built the coffin that carried Richard's remains, was among academics and others who placed white roses on the casket during a short ceremony.

The coffin will lie in Leicester Cathedral, where it will be lowered into a tomb Thursday.

"His reburial at the end of the week will have all the dignity and solemnity that his original burial never had," said Phil Stone, chair of the Richard III Society. It was time to reconsider the king's legacy, he added.

The monarch was most famously portrayed as a hunchbacked villain in Shakespeare's play "Richard III," though some historians say he was a relatively enlightened monarch whose name was besmirched by his opponents.

"Let us remember King Richard III: The good king. The warrior king," Stone said.

Critical thinking challenge: Why were Richard III's bones found in a parking lot instead of a cemetery?

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COMMENTS (21)
  • DamienQ-Kut
    3/25/2015 - 03:14 p.m.

    I think that king Richard the III should have had a memorial service even If they couldn't find his bones because why wait 530 years to do this. Also if they just then find the bones in 2012 why have a service for him now in 2015?

  • TaylorHartman-Ste
    3/25/2015 - 05:04 p.m.

    That is truly astonishing to find out that someone so popular and royal was given a funeral so many years later. I am truly surprised because usually people with such fame and honor are always recognized immediately.

  • MaxMicheletti
    3/25/2015 - 11:20 p.m.

    This article is about King Richard's III proper burial, 530 years after he died. He was killed in battle and was hastily buried under a monastery. It has been long since destroyed. Scientists found his bones under a parking lot and proved that it was him. He will have a proper burial on Thursday. He will be lowered inside the burial site in his Oak coffin. Wow! This is very interesting on how he wasn't buried properly even though he was a king. I wonder why that was the case. I feel happy for him now because now he can rest in peace!

  • im2001moobys
    3/26/2015 - 01:03 p.m.

    Richard III's bones were found in a parking lot because after very, very lond periods of times things, like bulidings get torn down and rebuild and so on. Where he was burried just so happened to become a parking lot.

  • tyrekb-Che
    3/26/2015 - 01:46 p.m.

    Instead of waiting 530 years after death they should have gave him a memorial service. They all had bones and stuff so I wouldn't see why to wait 530 years just because they couldn't find the body.

  • maryas-Che
    3/26/2015 - 01:56 p.m.

    I'm glad they finally give him the funeral he deserve because no matter if the person is a peasant or a king , everybody deserve a funeral. It sad to know that he had to wait over 530 years for a proper funeral.

  • NickB-2
    3/26/2015 - 02:39 p.m.

    This article is about a royal funeral. In 2012, King Richard III's, who died in battle almost 530 years ago, remains were found. A royal funeral is being held for him. I am amazed that they found his bones and could identify him.

  • ShaniaWentz-Ste
    3/26/2015 - 10:11 p.m.

    Buried under a parking lot. Imagine the odds. Anyway, I'm glad that he got the proper burial he deserved and was laid in peace surrounded by all of the people present.

  • Blaker-2
    3/27/2015 - 12:45 a.m.

    This article is about king Henry III and the reburial of his remains. His remains were found be an archaeologist under neath a parking lot where he had been killed in battle and the DNA test were right. The ceremony will be in Leicestershire, England and his casket will be placed in Leicestershire church.

  • valorgosch
    3/27/2015 - 01:02 a.m.

    king Richard the thirds remains were found underneath a parking lot in england. the reason for this was when king henry was defeated his body was quickly buried and forgotten in time but once his bones were found the British government held a ceremony to rebury the bones in a slightly better resting place.

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