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  1. Coverage of Richard III's reinterment at Leicester Cathedral
  2. Updates from Thursday 26 March 2015

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By Greig Watson

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Next time anyone finds a medieval king under their car park, you know where to come...

Time to say goodbye

Mathew Morris, the archaeologist who found Richard's skeleton said: "It's been a fantastic day. It is an odd moment to see the coffin lowered because that is it really.


"But after so much has happened it felt fitting and it felt right."

He ain't heavy

King Richard III in Leicester

tweets: The Bearer Party did an amazing job. Must have been nerve-wracking #richardreburied

Bearer party

What did the king sound like?

We might have a good idea what Richard III looked like - albeit through the eyes of artists - but what did he sound like?

Dr Philip Shaw
University of Leicester

Leicester academic Dr Philip Shaw had a

stab at recording what he believes the king's accent was - revealing it may have had a West Midlands twang.

Tomb revealed

The cathedral is now closed to the public while work goes on to move his tomb into position.

Richard III tomb
van Heyningen and Haward

On Friday at 12:00, a Service of Reveal will unveil the monument to the public.

Then from 18:00 - 22:00, Leicester Glows, a free celebration, will be held around the cathedral, ending with fireworks.

Question mark king

It's all nearly over, but you've probably heard a lot about Richard III in the past few days/weeks/years.

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Job done?

Philippa Langley, who begun the project which led to Richard III's skeleton being found, said she was satisfied.

Philippa Langley and Richard III
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"Starting this, I wanted to give Richard the dignity he was robbed of originally and now I think 'Job done'.

"I think I have helped to make peace with part of our past."


Much was made on Twitter of the moment historian John Ashdown-Hill was caught rolling his eyes during Channel 4's coverage of the ceremony.

john Ashdown-Hill

When asked about this afterwards by journalist

Krishnan Guru-Murthy he admitted to having some "objections".

He said: "I thought this was going to be a peaceful event but we seem to be dealing with some lies from Leicester."

Though he struggled with specifics, he did say he thought the order of service had got Richard's birth date wrong.

Post-ceremony analysis

The University of Leicester

tweets: 'I thought the service was really good' says @uniofleicester's Mathew Morris who found #RichardIII's leg bone

Poetry Plantagenet

Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, said being asked to write for the reinterment was "a privilege".

Carol-Anne Duffy

She described it as a "meditation on the impact of his finding and on the legacy of his story."

Reburied the rite way

With death in battle and dynastic one-upmanship, reburial was common in the 15th Century.

Richard's ceremony was influenced by a description of just such an event,

found by Oxford academic Alexandra Buckle.

Cathedral officials said: "The shape of the services of the entire week would be recognisable to those who attended the ceremonies Richard III organised and frequented."

Benedict departs

BBC Leicester

tweets: Guests have departed the cathedral. #RichardReburied

Benedict Cumberbatch

Procession leaving

BBC Leicester

tweets: The Clergy and guests are now departing @LeicsCathedral #richardreburied

Leicester clergy

Ending of the service

A procession, known as a Recession, has formed to lead the clergy, royal guests and civic dignitaries from the building.

Meanwhile, outside...

A measured tone inside the cathedral, but there's some full-on medieval-style enthusiasm going on in the square.

Crowds outside

National Anthem

After a blessing from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the National Anthem is being sung.

Benedict Cumberbatch

The actor has read a specially-commissioned poem by Carol Ann Duffy, called Richard.

It included the lines: "My skull, scarred by a crown emptied of history

"Described by soul as incense, votive, vanishing, your own the same, grant me the carving of my name."

Benedict Cumberbatch

The Responsory

The Reverend Monsignor Thomas McGovern, Diocesan Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Nottingham, has led The Responsory.

This is a call and response prayer asking for mercy on the soul of the departed and all of those who died in the Wars of the Roses.

Coffin is lowered into the grave

The six-strong bearer party has lowered the coffin into the grave.

The Archbishop of Canterbury says further prayers.

View from the Square

This photo by BBC East Midlands Today reporter Tom Brown shows the crowd gathered in Leicester's Jubilee Square, watching the service on the big screen.

Jubilee Square