Finally King Richard III To Be Re-Buried 530 Years After He Was Killed In Battle

The remains of Richard – the last English king to die in battle – were found in a Leicester car park in 2012.

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King Richard III will be re-buried nearly 530 years after he was slain in battle and dumped in a grave.

The remains of Richard – the last English king to die in battle – were found in a Leicester car park in 2012.

His body will be re-interred at Leicester Cathedral next week in an oak coffin designed by a descendant whose DNA helped identify the remains.

He will also win the regal recognition supporters say his conqueror Henry Tudor, later Henry VII, denied him.

‘The whole point was if Richard’s remains were found he would get the dignified and honourable burial he was denied in 1485,’ said Phil Stone, chairman of the Richard III Society, which was formed 90-years-ago and now has several thousand supporters worldwide.

On Sunday, a cortege with his coffin will tour villages in Leicestershire and the battlefield site at Bosworth then placed on public display at Leicester Cathedral before re-burial next Thursday.

Screenwriter and King Richard III enthusiast Philippa Langley said: ‘The last time he left that battlefield, he left it naked slung over a horse.

‘To take him back him there and to honour him there now as a king, I think it’s making peace with the past so I hope that will be a special thing.’

Tests showed he the king suffered 11 wounds, including nine to the skull and a potentially fatal blow to the pelvis.

The wounds were consistent with accounts that he died, unhorsed, having lost his helmet in battle.

Source: Metro.co.uk

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