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Church leaders condemn profiteers selling orders of service for Richard III's reburial

Church leaders have condemned online profiteers for attempting to sell orders of service for Richard III's reburial for hundreds of pounds on eBay.

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Dozens of copies of specially printed card booklets produced for the series of high-profile services at Leicester Cathedral, where the king was reinterred on March 26, have been appearing on the internet auction site.

Some are being bundled together and listed as souvenir packs, along with a copy of a local newspaper, for £300 plus £2.50 postage.

Last week, events were held across York to mark the reburial of Richard III, the last King of the House of York.


York marks reburial of King Richard III

A model of the face of King Richard III Credit: PA

Events are being held across York today to mark the reburial of Richard the Third. The last King of the House of York is being re-interned in Leicester Cathedral after his remains were found during an archaeological dig. A legal challenge for him to be buried in York Minster was defeated. There will be a a Choral Evensong in memory of the King at York Minster at 5.15pm.

King Richard III's coffin arrives outside Leicester Cathedral, next to a statue of Richard III, in Leicester Credit: PA

York campaigners blast Richard III 'pantomime'

Campaigners who petitioned for Richard III to be reburied in York have described the king's final journey as a "pantomime".

York campaigners blast Richard III 'pantomime' Credit: Press Association

A number of people posted messages on a Facebook page about the ceremonies taking place in Leicester today.

The decision to re-inter the monarch in Leicester was challenged by a group of the king's distant relatives who argued that York Minster was a more fitting final resting place.

A petition to the Government received more than 31,000 signatures.

But the High Court ruled that the remains of the last Plantagenet king should be laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral.

Today, as Richard's remains were carried in a cortege through Leicestershire, protesters on the "Petition to bring Richard III back to Yorkshire" Facebook page said they were "incensed".

The more I see of the undignified, money-grabbing pantomime surrounding King Richard III in Leicester this weekend, the more incensed I become. The last Plantagenet king of England being treated as you would a sporting trophy, paraded through the streets, and, even worse, mirroring his last terrible journey after he was murdered at the Battle of Bosworth. I had thought I was past being shocked by anything Leicester did with regards Richard III but this travesty takes the biscuit.

– Louise Hollingsworth

So, after all these centuries, King Richard must still endure injustice by being reburied in the wrong cathedral, something that looks like descending into a cheap jamboree ... instead of the full state funeral befitting a great man and king. In his lifetime he suffered the treachery of lesser mortals. He suffered the same treachery on the day of the Battle of Bosworth and has had to suffer the false accusation of murder for all this time. Now, sadly, the powers-that-be still cannot give him a modicum of justice by returning him to his rightful cathedral of York with the full pomp of state.

– Garry Booker

Services will be held in York on Thursday to commemorate Richard III's re-interment at Leicester Cathedral.

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Rehearsal ahead of King Richard's cortege arrival

Rehearsals at Fenn Lane Farm, near to where King Richard died in battle Credit: ITV News Central

Rehearsals are taking place at Fenn Lane Farm ahead of a private ceremony that will take place at 12:30pm.

Before the cortege starts on its public journey, there will be a blessing of a casket of three different soils by Bishop Rosy Clayton, the Parish Chairman of Fotheringhay, where Richard III was born and Tammi Tolhurst, the Mayor of Middleham, where Richard III lived.

Alf Oliver, the farmer at Fenn Lane, will bring soils to place into the casket. The coffin will be dressed by staff from the Bosworth Battlefield Centre with a specially crafted cloth, and Wendy Duldig, one of the two DNA donors, will place a wreath of white roses and planta genista on the coffin.

The service will be led by the Revd Hilary Surridge.


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A dawn vigil near to where King Richard lost his life

A dawn vigil at Fenn Lane Farm, near to where King Richard lost his life Credit: ITV News Central

A dawn vigil and a re-enactment marked the start of a special day for Leicestershire, as the region prepares for the re-burial of King Richard.

Staff from the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre gathered at Fenn Lane farm, an area thought to be the closest point to where the King lost his life in battle.

It was in this area that the 'Bosworth Boar' was found, a solid silver, gilded badge worn by someone of high rank, such as a knight from the King's household.

This badge was found on the edge of the only dated medieval marsh, suggesting that this could be the site where Richard III lost his horse in that final melee, before losing his life on August 22nd 1485.

Thousands are expected to turn out today with the King's cortege travelling around key historical sites, before arriving at Leicester Cathedral.

The King's journey will include a private ceremony at 12:30pm at Fenn Lane Farm, where there will be the blessing of a casket of three different soils.

The coffin will also be dressed by staff from the Bosworth Battlefield Centre before it travels through the local villages on its way back into the City of Leicester.

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The hunt for the spot where King Richard III lost his life

For years experts thought they knew where 32-year-old King Richard charged on his horse into battle - to meet his death.

But a chance discovery in 2009 changed everything.

Mark Gough reports on the search to find the spot where a king lost his crown and where an estimated 1,000 other people also lost their lives.

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