The last English king to die in battle was killed at Bosworth Field in 1485, at the end of the Wars of the Roses….
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, presided over the service with local senior clergy and representatives of world faiths….
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, a distant relation of the king, read a poem by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy….
“From car park to cathedral…. Today we come to give this king, and these mortal remains the dignity and honour denied to them in death….”
The reburial has not been without controversy. Campaigners who petitioned for Richard III to be reburied in York have described the events in Leicester over the last week as a “pantomime.” While the Dean of York, the Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, was addressing the service in the Minster, about six people walked out in protest.
They described it as “Leicester-centric,” complaining the event should have been about Richard’s connections with Yorkshire rather than the East Midlands.