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. The cortege made its way to Leicester Cathedral. It is where the monarch will be properly reburied.

He was killed in battle against Henry Tudor in 1485. He was buried hastily without a funeral or a coffin. That was 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. It is the battlefield where the monarch fell. Crowds lined the route of the cortege. Re-enactors in costume fired cannons in a 21-gun salute.

Michael Ibsen is a descendant of the monarch and built the coffin that carried Richard's remains. Ibsen 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. He leads 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." 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 (96)
  • stephanidog10
    3/25/2015 - 02:40 p.m.

    His bones might have been in a parking lot because he was hastily buried without a funeral and a coffin. His bones were also probably there because wars were all over the place and sometimes people don't even know that. I'm surprised how they could still get the DNA from the bones after being buried for 530 years in a parking lot.

  • claytonju-And
    3/25/2015 - 03:31 p.m.

    I think it is crazy that they are having a funeral now instead of back then but they couldnt because of the bones and it is very honoring for him.

  • kaiat-And
    3/25/2015 - 04:02 p.m.

    In this article I learned that King Richard the 3rd finally got his ceremony to pronounce that he is king five hundred and thirty years after his death in a battle.

  • CateS-Kut
    3/25/2015 - 04:54 p.m.

    I wonder why it took the archaeologist so long to figure out that that was Richard III's skeleton?? I think that Richard III's bones were in a parking lot because it wasn't a parking lot 530 years ago. It was maybe a camp or station for people who were fighting in the war. I also wonder why that if he was so royal why did no one want to bury him after the war?? I think that the world is so different now that we need to learn about the past or it will slip away!

  • DarbyC-Kut
    3/25/2015 - 06:41 p.m.

    When I first saw this I thought that this is outrageous that a king did not get a proper funeral. This also is weird because I would think that his followers would give him a funeral.

  • JaclynK-4
    3/25/2015 - 08:16 p.m.

    King Richard the third is now, 530 years after his death being given a funeral. Since he was killed during battle, he was quickly buried and it was given much thought. Finally after many years searching and searching archaeologists have finally found his body. Hundreds of people showed up to his funeral also known as the carrying of the remains of this kings. I thought this article was interesting because I think it is cool how they never gave up and kept searching for the king's remains.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    3/25/2015 - 09:04 p.m.

    Why do they bury him 3 years after they find his bones? I think this is because they were running DNA tests so they can confirm that it was King Richard III's bones. Also, the people who hastily buried him in the demolished cathedral, should have saved his body until the war ended so the people of that time can properly honor him. This is also a good time to learn some history because most people only know him as the villain in Shakespeare's play, "King Richard III".
    Critical thinking challenge: Why were Richard III's bones found in a parking lot instead of a cemetery?
    Answer: King Richard III's bones were found in a parking lot instead of a cemetery because the people who buried him, left his body there and time passed so the old cathedral got turned into a parking lot.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    3/25/2015 - 09:08 p.m.

    I think that it is sad for people in 1485 to see that their medieval king had died in a battle trying to defend their kingdom, but the body of the king was found in the parking lot which kind of sound crazy because parking lots weren't invented yet back in the past. If the king's body had been found in the parking lot, nobody didn't even know until if they had something sticking out of the parking lot ground.
    Critical thinking challenge: Why were Richard III's bones found in a parking lot instead of a cemetery?
    Answer: The king's bone was found in the parking lot instead of a cemetery because people don't know where to bury their king's body, so later on, the king's body was under the parking lot.

  • matthewpop-Sch
    3/25/2015 - 09:16 p.m.

    It is sort of funny how they found a royal (King Richard) under a parking lot. I guess they didn't really care about him when he died or they just didn't have enough time to bury him.

  • s.s2001sing
    3/26/2015 - 08:46 a.m.

    I agree with the last comment I mean come on! If he was a king 530 years ago he sould have been buried properly. Unless he lost the war or something and was kidnapped and thrown in the ground by the enemies/army he lost to...maybe his people didn't like him and was happy that he got buried like that. Or maybe his kingdom didn't know how to bury the famous...or maybe he killed himself and buried himself under ground...ect... there is a whole bunch of events that could of took place that made him end up buried under ground like that. We don't know...

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