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)
  • JM2001april
    3/27/2015 - 08:47 a.m.

    The bones of Richard III's were found in a parking lot because while in battle he was killed and they buried him in a monastery without a coffin. The monastery was also demolished so they didnt know that his body was there

  • TF000Music
    3/27/2015 - 01:02 p.m.

    Well, now, it seemed that he was buried under a parking lott but when he died, what is a parking lot now could've been a cemetary

  • cheyennen-war
    3/27/2015 - 01:49 p.m.

    Its amazing that someone did not discover his remains until 2012. I cannot believe that after all the years, there are still some of his remains intact. I would love to be the archeologist that discovered the bones, or the person to test the DNA. It is unbelievable that someone of such high ranking never got a funeral or proper burial.

  • CharismaM
    3/29/2015 - 02:33 p.m.

    Finding his bones under a parking lot is amazing. His bones might not have ever been found. I'm glad that he is getting the proper burial that he deserves, even if it's 530 years after his death.

  • albertog-Che
    3/30/2015 - 11:46 a.m.

    It is hard to believe king Richard III's bones were found under a parking lot after 530 years. He died in battle and never got a proper burial. It would be amazing to be the person who found it and did the tests to find out it was him.It just shows that there are so many things we haven't discovered yet and they are right under our noses.

  • MadisonSch
    3/30/2015 - 01:35 p.m.

    That is cool 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

  • Catherineh-Pav
    3/31/2015 - 10:39 a.m.

    It's crazy how the Kings bones were found in a parking lot. I wonder how after all of these years they finally found the bones. It seems that the investigators stopped looking for his bones a long time ago. I can't imagine how the family must have felt when they couldn't find the body. I think that it is really good for the country to find their king. Its also very impressive how they did a big ceremony for the King even though he has been dead for 530 years. It is also amazing how the construction workers found his body in the parking lot, if I were the workers I wouldn't know what to do with the bones. It is great for them to find the body and to give the King the ceremony that he deserves.

  • CapeleyZ-1
    4/02/2015 - 09:31 p.m.

    This article was about King Richard III finally getting a funeral. Although he dies 530 years ago, it was in battle against an enemy so his body was hastily buried and no one could find and identify it till 2012. On A recent weekend day, a hose carried the King inside an oak coffin and his funeral was at Leicestershire Cathedral. I think it is cool that the king is now getting the burial that he deserves.

  • Julian10
    4/07/2015 - 04:08 p.m.

    Richard III finally received the ceremony and honor a king deserves, 530 years after his death in battle. 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. Crowds lined the route of the cortege and re-enactors in costume fired cannons in a 21-gun salute.

  • Maxmo-Lam
    6/02/2015 - 01:38 p.m.

    I get why this is such a big deal but having a funeral for him is crazy. No one in the world that is alive knows the guy. Ever heard of not disturbing peoples final resting place. How would you like it if your bones were dug up and went through DNA testing?

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