Richard III cortege Leicestershire route announced

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image captionThe Battle of Bosworth Heritage Centre (seen here during an anniversary of the battle) will be visited as part of the cortege

The remains of Richard III will be transported by a horse-drawn hearse before his reinterment at Leicester Cathedral, it has been announced.

Richard's skeleton was found under a Leicester car park in August 2012.

The cortege's route will visit relevant historic sites before the hearse completes the journey from Bow Bridge to the cathedral on 22 March.

The cortege is set to start at 12:00 GMT at the University of Leicester, where the bones of the last Plantagenet king of England have remained since 2012.

The Bishop of Leicester, the Right Reverend Tim Stevens, will lead a short ceremony at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Leicestershire in the afternoon.

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image captionThe Archbishop of Westminster and Archbishop of Canterbury will hold services ahead of the reinterment

A horse-drawn hearse will be used to complete the final section of the journey where the Dean of Leicester, the Very Reverend David Monteith, will meet the coffin at about 18:00.

Dr Richard Buckley, from the University of Leicester, will then formally hand over the responsibility for the skeletal remains to the Church.

They will then lie in repose in the cathedral on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, for the public to pay their respects.

The reburial service will take place on 26 March.

Stops along Richard III's last journey

image captionA Richard III memorial stone was removed in preparation for the new tomb
  • University of Leicester - the hearse will leave there at midday
  • Fenn Lane Farm - reputedly the site of the King's death at the Battle of Bosworth
  • Dadlington - burial location of the battle-dead in the churchyard of St James' the Greater
  • Sutton Cheney - where the king took his final Mass at St James' church
  • Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre - for a short ceremony
  • Market Bosworth, Newbold Verdon and Desford - locations connected to the king's campaign
  • Bow Bridge in Leicester and finally Leicester Cathedral at 18:00 GMT

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