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 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:
Ah my new home! This is like the poshest estate agent guided tour ever!!! #dickysdodgytour— Richard III (@richard_third) March 22, 2015
Well at least it's warm in here. Is there a socket I can plug my charger into? #dickysdodgytour— Richard III (@richard_third) March 22, 2015
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.
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.
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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.
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.