TO BURY a king is a rare event in any lifetime, especially in
that of a provincial cathedral; so, at Leicester
next year, it is going to be a very great event indeed when they at
last inter the bones of Richard III in a place more suitable than a
municipal car park.
Although the funeral will not take place until next March, they
have already issued the route for the cortège to convey the bones
from their present secure resting place in Leicester University to
their final resting place in the cathedral.
At noon on Sunday 22 March, a motor hearse will leave the
university where his bones still lie, travelling first to Fenn Lane
Farm, reputedly the site of King Richard's death, before going on
to the village church at Dadlington, where some of the battle dead
are buried in the churchyard. It will then travel to St James's, in
Sutton Cheney, where, it is believed, the King heard his final mass
on the eve of the battle.
The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, will then lead
a short ceremony at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, where
the Battle of Bosworth was recently commemorated with a rose-laying
ceremony (above). The cortège will then journey on through
Market Bosworth, Newbold Verdon, and Desford, as it makes its way
back to Leicester, entering the city at Bow Bridge to be greeted by
the City Mayor and the Lord Mayor.
A horse-drawn hearse will complete the journey to the cathedral,
where the King's remains will lie in repose during a service of
The next day, the public are welcome to pay their respects
during daylight hours; and the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal
Vincent Nichols, will celebrate a requiem mass in the Roman
Catholic Holy Cross Church, in Leicester city centre.
On Thursday 26 March, the King's mortal remains will finally be
re- interred in the prepared tomb in the cathedral, in the presence
of the Archbishop of Canterbury and an invited congregation that
will include senior clergy from other Christian churches and world