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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

Leicester crowds brave rain to watch Richard reburial

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Richard III's descendants arrive at reburial service

King Richard III's living descendants have arrived at Leicester Cathedral for the medieval monarch's reburial service.

Wendy Duldig, and Michael & Jeff Ibsen, can be seen here slowly walking into Leicester Cathedral.

Michael's DNA was used by scientists at the University of Leicester to confirm the skeleton found underneath the council car park in 2012 was that of the king.

Benedict Cumberbatch arrives for Richard III reburial

The Hollywood actor is reading a poem during the reburial service Credit: ITV News Central/Nimesh Joshi
Benedict is a distant cousin of King Richard III. Credit: ITV News Central/Nimesh Joshi
The actor arriving at Leicester Cathedral in the last few moments Credit: ITV News Central/Nimesh Joshi
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