King Richard III gets funeral, 530 years after death
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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  • 21lenels
    3/26/2015 - 12:14 p.m.

    I have always been interested with history, not really the U.S. history, which is oh so boring, but other country's history. King Richard III deserves a proper burial, he fought along with his men, and when he dies, he just gets stuck into the ground without a proper burial. Ti's' disgraceful. But i'm sure his men had good reasons. at least they put him into the ground instead of leaving him on the ground for vultures to prey on.
    -an obvious optimist

  • 21pcnobl
    3/26/2015 - 12:26 p.m.

    Why was his funeral five-hundred and thirty years after his tragic death. I think they should have just celebrated his funeral when he died so that they don't have to deal with it now.

  • GloryE-Kut
    3/26/2015 - 12:32 p.m.

    this is crazy! leaving your king to die in a with their heads! it is very disrespectful to do so if it were me I would never let my king die there with no one and how about the queen did they kill her or some thing? all I am saying that it was plain mean to do so! :(

  • AL2001austinmahone
    3/26/2015 - 01:07 p.m.

    I mean that could of been where he died you know so like he could could of been in battle and like they didnt know there was a body there so like they cpovered it with cement and yeah

  • kb2001basketball
    3/26/2015 - 01:18 p.m.


  • SydneyD-Kut
    3/26/2015 - 03:00 p.m.

    I glad that they are finally giving the king a proper funeral after 530 years. It's really crazy that they just left there king on the battle Field and eventually just got buried with a coffin. I'm glad that the people building the parking lot where kind enough to think of the corpse as someone of importance. I wonder what other are hidden deep in the ground.

  • LundyG-3
    3/26/2015 - 04:14 p.m.

    After his death 530 years ago, King Richard III is memorialized. His remains were carried from England's Leicestershire to Leicester Cathedral and properly reburied. In 1485, he was killed in a battle with Henry Tudor, and never properly funeralized. His bones were found by an archaeologist in a Leicester parking lot. He was buried at the site of his fall.

    Not to be buried properly for 530 years is crazy. I know things were different in the old days, but if a president died now, we would have a enormous burial and funeral for him. We wouldn't bury him, or her, in a future parking lot with no ceremony.

  • MGallagher
    3/26/2015 - 06:41 p.m.

    Richard III received his death ceremony and honor 530 years after his death in battle. Hundreds of people showed up. Including people in costumes. His coffin will lie in Leicester Cathedral, where it will be put in a tomb Thursday. There was a very large ceremony and his body was found in a parking lot because he died in battle and nobody found his body.

  • JasonW-1
    3/26/2015 - 07:08 p.m.

    King Richard III got a funeral. It was 530 years after his death. His remains were buried hastily and were recently discovered. He was killed in battle. He was apparently a cool guy and he should be honored. I'm not totally sure it's necessary because let's face it. Funerals are for the people who cared about the dude who die, not for the dead because they are dead. They don't have a concise.

  • ZachG-1
    3/26/2015 - 07:48 p.m.

    A royal king named King Richard the III never had a funeral. Five hundred and thirty years ago king Richard had died in battle. Nobody had time to a have a funeral for the king, so they buried him hastily. In two thousand and twelve archeologist had founds his bones in a parking lot. The king never had a funeral before, so many people arranged one. They are going to bury him in the ground next week. King Richard never had a funeral.

    In my opinion I think this is very disrespectful to not have a funeral, especially for a king. I have to admit this is a good way to honor him.

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