As the date to the re-internment of King Richard III draws nearer, preparations are well under way for a ceremonial procession to bring the former King’s remains to their resting place in the heart of Leicester.
The three main stops on the processional route will be the University of Leicester, where Richard’s remains currently reside, on to Bosworth Field where the Monarch died and finally to Leicester Cathedral where King Richard will be reinterred. Along the route, the procession will stop at various places, both in the city and the county, which would have played a vital role in the life of the late King.
Organisers are expecting huge public interest in the procession, which will begin when King Richard’s remains are brought into the city of Leicester on Sunday 22nd March. The remains will be brought in to the city via the A47 to Bow Bridge, thought to be the site of the original bridge from which King Richard rode out to battle at Bosworth Field in 1485.
City Mayor, Peter Soulsby, commented on the procession, “The story of King Richard has caught the imagination of people across the world, and events next month mean Leicester will once again be at the centre of international media attention. I would hope people across the city make the most of this extraordinary occasion and help us to make it go smoothly, to create an event of which we can be justifiably proud.”
Following its short welcome to the city, the cortege will make a stop at St Nicholas Church for a short service before making its way through the city and eventually handed on to the care of Leicester Cathedral.
After an excavation at the former site of Greyfriars Church, it was revealed on 4th February 2013 that a skeleton found under the site was indeed that of King Richard III. Subsequent stories to come from the discovery of Richard III’s remains in Leicester have been the controversy to reinter the King in Leicester Cathedral rather than York and also forensic facial reconstruction commissioned by the Richard III society and conducted by Professor Caroline Wilkinson of the University of Dundee.
King Richard III will be reburied at Leicester Cathedral on Thursday 26th March in a spectacular ceremony attended by guests and media from across the world.