Richard III reburied: The best pictures from yesterday's procession

 
Catherine Neilan
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After nearly 530 years of languishing in a friary-turned-car park, the last Plantagenet king of England has made the journey to his final resting place.
Yesterday King Richard III was taken through the streets of Dadlington, Market Bosworth and Leicester during a five hour procession culminating in his arrival at Leicester Cathedral.


Crowds at Market Bosworth (Source: Corbis)


Richard III making his way to his final resting place on horse and carriage (Source: Corbis)

Crowds lined the streets to get a glimpse of the man who has gone down in history as one of the greatest villains – a hunchbacked murderous tyrant – though fans argue his reputation was forged by rivals in the aftermath of his death.
Henry VIII clearly still can't let it go:
Despite the length of time the procession took, Richard III seemed to enjoy himself:
Meanwhile the crowds did not seem put off by the rumours that he had the two young princes in the Tower of London murdered - and that he may have poisoned his wife.
People threw white roses – a symbol of the Plantagenet's House of York – on the coffin as it passed through the route on a horse and carriage.


People threw white roses, the Platagenet symbol (Source: Corbis)


Knights in the procession (Source: Corbis)

The procession included men dressed as knights, local clergy, soldiers and mounted police. A re-enactment group performed a 21-canon salute during the service as Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, in recognition of the Battle of Bosworth Field, where he was killed in 1485.
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, attended the service as did Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Richard III's descendents including Michael Ibsen, who is his nephew 16 times removed.


Michael Ibsen, Richard III's descendent (Source: Corbis)


The procession took several hours to wind through streets of Leicestershire (Source: Corbis)

Now the monarch is lying in state, ahead of his reinterment on Thursday. The Cathedral is open until Wednesday for the public to pay their respects, and the queues are already forming.

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