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Richard III: King could be taken on final procession from Bosworth Battlefield to Leicester Cathedral

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A procession from Bosworth Battlefield to Leicester Cathedral could play a part in the reinterment of Richard III.

The bones of the monarch are due to be buried at the cathedral in May next year.

Proposals include the remains being brought in a procession from Bosworth – where Richard was killed in 1485 – to the city and displaying the king's coffin, to allow the public to pay their respects.

Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: "I think some form of procession is going to be an important part of the ceremony on the day.

"People will want to have an opportunity to share it publicly."

The Duke of Gloucester will be at the reburial as a mark of respect for Richard III, who held the same title for 24 years. Sir Peter said: "I'm very pleased the Duke of Gloucester is firmly committed to being a part of this momentous occasion.

"We don't yet know who else might be attending, but we do expect the event will draw in tens of thousands of people."

Acting cathedral dean, Canon Barry Naylor, said displaying the coffin was known as "a receiving into the church". He said: "It's just an idea at the moment, but we thought it might be fitting, given the interest."

The procession would take place between May 4 and 25, with the memorial service four days later.

Philippa Langley, from the Richard III Society, said "We met cathedral officials and they suggested an honourable procession from the battlefield.

"To a man we thought it was the most wonderful idea.

"We're playing quite a big part in the plans. We went to see the Duke of Gloucester and he suggested using the royal undertaker.

"We thought that was a very fitting idea and we're exploring that at the minute."

A cathedral spokeswoman said: "The ceremony will probably be part of a longer celebration of Richard in the city, county and cathedral and ideas are being considered which reflect his life and times."

Richard Taylor, of the University of Leicester, said: "People need to be aware the remains are very fragile and this needs to be taken into account.

"Transportation needs to be minimised to avoid damage.

"One idea is that his standard is brought from Bosworth on horse and reunited with him on his way to the cathedral."

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Richard III: King could be taken on final procession from Bosworth Battlefield to Leicester Cathedral


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