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  1. Richard III's coffin travels to his final resting place at Leicester Cathedral
  2. Updates from Sunday 22 March 2015

Live Reporting

By Greig Watson

All times stated are UK

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Sunset send off

Crowds remain in Jubilee Square watching the cathedral service on a big screen.

And after a day of glorious sunshine, Richard's day closes with a rich sunset.


Farewell to the day

The cathedral service is heading towards its conclusion with incense being burned over the coffin.

Although closed to the public for the rest of the day, the cathedral will open for people to view the coffin in repose at 9am tomorrow.

It will be available to view until Wednesday afternoon when the building closes again in preparation for the reinterment on Thursday.

Catholic sermon

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, Britain's most senior Catholic cleric begun the sermon at Leicester Cathedral.

His presence in an Anglican cathedral is a reflection of the fact Richard was a devout Roman Catholic and died before the Church of England was set up.

Video: Where the bones were kept

The BBC's Inside Out team was given access to the secure room where Richard III's bones were kept for two years -

watch this clip.

Bones box

Coffin dressed with pall, bible and crown

The coffin has been dressed with a specially designed pall, a crown designed by historian John Ashdown-Hill and a bible printed in Richard's lifetime.

University of Leicester

Transfer of care

Officials from the university are formally handing over custody of the coffin to the cathedral.

Guests, including the current Duke of Gloucester, are awaiting its arrival inside.


Arrival at the cathedral

The cortege has arrived at St Martin's Place outside the cathedral, passing a statue of Richard.

The bell is tolling and the two knights have taken up position either side of the building's entrance.


Video: Cortege in Leicester


this Vine by East Midlands Today of Richard III's cortège passing Leicester's clock tower.


Coffin up close


Here you can see the detail on the king's coffin, which is strewn with white roses thrown by onlookers. Best to ignore the horse poo.

Stunning pictures

Some amazing shots now coming through of the cortege weaving its way through the crowds in Leicester.

Cortege in Leicester

Getting in the spirit

People have variously described the atmosphere as "respectful" and "thoughtful".


This couple, however, are having a great time making a royal progress through the city.

Crowd figures

The county council have said they estimate more than 35,000 people have lined 22-mile route along the streets of Leicester and Leicestershire.

Council leader Nick Rushton said: "I felt enormous pride to join thousands of people from across Leicestershire in marking this historic occasion and giving the King a dignified return to the battlefield."

Floral tributes

Many people are showing their respect for Richard by throwing white roses.

Very sweet but it appears to be upsetting the police horses.


Evening prayers

The coffin is making its way to the cathedral for a service of Compline.

In case you were wondering,

Compline "derives its name from a Latin word meaning 'completion' (completorium). It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day."

Leicester's respect

BBC Leicester

tweets: RT @jlampon: #richardreburied travels down #Leicester High Street


City procession

The coffin has left St Nicholas church in a horse-drawn carriage and, accompanied by police, has started a tour of the city.


St Nicolas Church

Here you can see Richard's coffin entering the church.

St Nicholas Church

First church service

A ceremony was held after the coffin arrived at St Nicholas Church in Leicester - the oldest in the city.

st Nic

Prayers were said for "forgiveness and humility in the face of our own mortality".

Watch: Waiting crowds

BBC Leicester

tweets: Crowds of thousands waiting for the arrival of King Richard at Leicester Cathedral #RichardReburied

Richard III: The best of Twitter

The Leicester Mercury has been compiling a list of the best Richard-related tweets of the day so far.

See them here.

City route

The cortege is going towards St Nicholas Church - the oldest left in Leicester.

Here the coffin will be taken off the hearse for a short service and then transferred to a horse drawn carriage.

A king's welcome

BBC Leicester

tweets: The mayor, lord mayor and guild of freemen are welcoming the remains at the medieval city boundary.


Historic crossing

The BBC's Namrata Varia snapped this pic of the king's hearse on Bow Bridge.


King returns to city

Tom Brown

tweets: He's here! #RichardReburied

bow bridge

Bridge of destiny

The cortege carrying the coffin of Richard III is moments away from Bow Bridge.

It plays a large part in the story of his death as Richard marched out to battle across it but was carried back as a corpse the same way.

The original bridge was removed in 1861 but the Victorian replacement is decorated with Yorkist white roses.

Last stop before city

Large crowds at Desford, which is only 10 minutes from Bow Bridge, the traditional edge of Leicester.


Family fun

BBC Leicester

tweets: Families waiting in #Desford for the former King to arrive. White roses line the route. #RichardReburied


Procession progress

The cortege has passed through the village of Newbold Verdon, with residents turning out in force.

While there are no recorded links with Richard III, it is likely one or more of the armies from Bosworth passed through this area

Far flung visitors

Many people have travelled to Leicester for the occasion - from places like Germany, Australia and America.

Catherine Ollerhead-De-Santis, who is vice-chairman of the Richard the Third Society of Canada said: "It's not so much the man - it's that period in history when everything starts to shift and change and it is like balancing on the head of a pin.

"After 1485 things start to shift quite rapidly and you almost get a genesis of the modern period."

More crowds greet cortege

Bosworth Battlefield

tweets: The procession has started in Market Bosworth

Market Bosworth
Bosworth Battlefield

Watch: Scene at Bow Bridge

BBC East Midlands Today reporter Tom Brown has

posted this Vine of school children arriving with their banners, ready to accompany the cortege.

Bow Bridge

What did the king look like?

Using the remains of the king found in a Leicester car park, experts reconstructed what Richard III's

face might have looked like.

Richards heads

A portrait in the Society of Antiquaries in London is one of the earliest and believed to be the best likeness but fresh investigations of his DNA revealed he may have been blond and blue eyed.

Cortege update

The Hinckley Times

tweets: Richard III procession is heading towards Market Bosworth

Where to watch the cortege

For anyone wanting to enjoy the spectacle of Richard III's cortege when it arrives in Leicester, the best vantage points are said to be on the High Street, Gallowtree Gate or outside the Curve Theatre.

Leicester City Council has also erected big screens by the Clock Tower and Jubilee Square.

Bosworth flame

BBC Leicester's Jim Davis

tweets: The Battlefield Flame is lit #richardreburied @BBCLeicester #BosworthBattlefield

Bosworth flame

Cannon salute

Following a minute's silence, re-enactors gave a 21-gun salute with replica cannon.


Bosworth from above

This helicopter shot shows the crowds at Bosworth shortly before the arrival of the king's coffin.


Torch procession


Re-enactors with flaming torches and standards earlier formed an honour guard at Bosworth as the cortege arrived

Bishop's words


The Rt Rev Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, is leading a service at Bosworth battlefield.

He said: "Richard was carried from this field to Leicester as a defeated man.

"Today 530 years later we have an opportunity to allow Richard to take that journey again but this time with the dignity which befits a king."

Cadets pull coffin

Army cadets are pulling Richard's coffin on a small carriage towards Ambion Hill where the Bosworth visitor centre is sited.