Richard III burial: Large crowds attend Leicester Cathedral service

untitledHundreds of people gathered outside Leicester Cathedral this morning as King Richard III was finally laid to rest in a service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Most Rev Justin Welby the began the service at 11.30 and it has now come to end.

The Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were present at the ceremony. richard 3

A poem was read by the actor Benedict Cumberbatch, a distant relation of the former King, at the service.

A commemoration service and a procession has also taken place in York.

It is estimated that more than twenty thousand people have viewed the coffin at the Cathedral over the past three days.

Crowds flocked to the county’s streets on Sunday as the coffin was taken from the University of Leicester to the countryside of Bosworth, where the King died in battle in 1485.

Following a ballot, 200 members of the public were invited to today’s service. Descendants and those responsible for discovering the remains of the King were also in attendance.

The Cathedral has closed in preparation for the unveiling of the King’s tomb on Friday.

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