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King Richard III's prayer book on display in Leicester

Credit: ITV News Central

A prayer book owned by King Richard III has gone on display at the New Walk Museum in London.

It was with him at the Battle of Bosworth and was placed on his coffin during the reinterment ceremony at the city's cathedral last week.

The book is made from parchment and dates back to 1420, with handwritten prayers added especially for King Richard III. It's also thought that the King wrote the date of his birthday in the book.

WATCH: ITV NEWS CENTRAL GETS EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO RICHARD III'S PRAYER BOOK IN ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY'S OWN LIBRARY

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Richard III's tomb goes on public display

Members of the public will be able to visit King Richard III's tomb at Leicester Cathedral today.

Around 2,000 watched Richard III's reinterment service Credit: ITV News Central

Around 2,000 people witnessed the reburial of his casket in a special reinterment service yesterday.

Upwards of 20,000 people queued for up to four hours between Monday and Wednesday to view the coffin as it lay in repose.

Visiting hours:

  • Fri 27 March 15.00-19.30 last entry 19.00
  • Sat 28 09.30-17.00 last entry 16.30
  • Mon 30 - Wed 1 April 09.30-17.00 last entry 16.30
  • Sat 4 April 09.30-17.00 last entry 16.30
  • Mon 6 April 09.30-17.00 last entry 16.30

King Richard III’s tomb is now a permanent feature in Leicester Cathedral. However, there are still a considerable number of visitors from all over the world in Leicester who we expect will want to take a last opportunity to see it before returning home.

We anticipate a great deal of interest and suggest that people who live locally may find it easier to plan a visit to see the tomb at a slightly later date.

– Liz Hudson, Diocese of Leicester
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