Richard III cortege journey route revealed as Leicester Cathedral prepares to bury body

By Ben Miller | 14 October 2014

The last Plantagenet King's body will visit sites including the graves of his soldiers and the church of his final mass

A photo of people in armour suits standing in front of large flags within a market square
The rose-laying ceremony at the Battlefield Heritage Centre in Leicester on August 22 2014, commemorating the Battle of Bosworth. Details of the cortege taking Richard III's body between the city's university and cathedral have now been released© Courtesy University of Leicester
The body of Richard III will pass the point of his death, a graveyard of the victims of the Battle of Bosworth and the village parish church where the King took his final mass on the eve of his execution during a Sunday cortege on March 22 2015, officials have announced.

Kept secure at the University of Leicester, Richard’s remains will visit Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre on a hearse, continuing to the Fenn Lane Farm site where he is thought to have been killed and the churches of Dadlington and Sutton Cheney, where he is believed to have formally prayed for the final time at St James’.

A short morning ceremony will be held at the Heritage Centre before the procession moves to Market Bosworth, Newbold Verdon and Desford, returning to Bow Bridge and overseen by figures including the Bishop of Leicester, the City Mayor, the Lord Mayor and the Dean of Leicester.

The coffin is expected to arrive at the Cathedral just before 6pm, when it will officially become the property of the Church ahead of an evening service. Members of the public will be invited to pay their respects from Monday to Wednesday, with the reburial service taking place on Thursday.

University experts have cared for the remains since their discovery under a car park in August 2012.

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Why is it not travelling through Stoke Golding which played a major part in the battle?
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