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.

Richard was killed in battle against Henry Tudor in 1485. He was 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. It is 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 (4)
  • Ari@ims.com
    3/26/2015 - 03:51 p.m.

    I'm glad they did finally find the king's remains and he received a proper burial. For the critical thinking question, I believe that they were found in a parking lot because times have changed. Long ago that parking lot could have been the war grounds where his body was left or the cemetery where he was once buried, paved over for a new use in the 21st century. I'm just glad that they found him and gave him a proper and respectful burial. Long live the king!

  • william1108-yyca
    6/30/2015 - 02:11 p.m.

    Wow! I have never heard of a kings bone buried. But know I have heard of it. I have actually never seen someone die before of get buried before. maybe next time when I go hunting for bones maybe I will find dinosaur bones or a kings bone. If I do I will be very lucky.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    9/23/2015 - 08:55 p.m.

    I think this is cool because even after 530 years after his death, King Richard the third still got a proper burial. I am amazed on how people still want to give Richard the third his burial ceremony even after 530 years. No one knew where he was until people found his bones in a parking lot.
    Critical thinking challenge: Why were Richard III's bones found in a parking lot instead of a cemetery?
    Answer: Richard III's bones were found in a parking lot because that was where the long-demolished monastery was.

  • Steve0620-yyca
    10/20/2015 - 08:32 p.m.

    I wonder why King Richard the third wouldn't be buried recently after his death. He was buried and had a funeral five-hundred thirty years after his death. He was killed in battle by a man named Henry Tudor in the year fourteen eighty-five. His bones were found and analyzed in a parking lot and he had another funeral with the remains of him in a coffin. The coffin will lie in Leicester Cathedral where it will be lowered into a tomb.

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