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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

Report: King Richard III reburied at Leicester Cathedral

There has been huge interest in King Richard III ever since his remains were found under a car park in Leicester more than two years ago.

For centuries Richard has been a controversial king. Even now the official website of the British monarchy says he wrongly took the crown from his young nephew who then vanished.

Today members of the Royal Family and a Hollywood A-lister attended a reinterment service for the last English king to die in battle. Callum Watkinson reports on the re-burial of a medieval monarch.

Public able to visit Richard III's tomb from tomorrow

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

It's after the king's casket was reburied at the reinterment service this morning, attended by around 2,000 people.

Between Monday and Wednesday 20,000 people queued for up to four hours to catch a glimpse of the coffin itself as it lay in repose.


Archbishop: 'King Richard III was a human being'

Speaking to ITV News before the reburial service of King Richard III got underway at Leicester Cathedral, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said the whole experience felt 'fairly surreal'.

He also went on to say that King Richard III remains should be treated with respect.

"We have to remember that this was a human being, lots of stories about him, good ones, bad ones, but he was a human being who breathed lived, loved, hated, fought, died and therefore we have to treat his remains with respect. And he was a king"

– Archbishop of Canterbury
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Benedict Cumberbatch reads poem for ancestor Richard III

Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch had read a special poem written for the reburial ceremony for his ancestor, former King Richard III.

Watch his tribute:

Scientists at the University of Leicester have revealed they believe the Sherlock actor is a second cousin of the king, 16 times removed.

The service, held at Leicester Cathedral, saw the mortal remains of the last Plantagenet king lowered into a tomb where he will lie in rest.

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King Richard III's coffin lowered into tomb

A coffin carrying the mortal remains of last Plantagenet king, Richard III, has been lowered into the ground by armed servicemen.

The coffin was moved into position to the sound of a specially-composed anthem Credit: ITV News

As a specially-composed anthem was sung by the choir at Leicester Cathedral, the men lowered the coffin into position.

Prayers followed, before the soldiers slowly dropped the former monarch's remains into the tomb where he will be interred.

The soldiers lowered the coffin into the ground Credit: ITV News
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