Reburial timetable of events

During this week there will be a series of events to commemorate Richard III’s reinterment. We’ll be bringing you updates as they happen throughout the week on our Twitter feed. You don’t need to have a Twitter account to view these, but if you do use Twitter we’d love to hear your views throughout the week too, using the hashtag ‪#‎FLRichardIII‬.

Saturday 21 March

There will be a family open day at the University of Leicester, with medieval and scientific events for all ages, together with talks from many of the people involved in the discovery and identification of the King’s remains.

Sunday 22 March

The remains of King Richard III will be placed in a coffin in the University, and a brief ceremony will bid farewell to the King as he leaves. The hearse will then travel to Fenn Lane Farm, reputedly the site of King Richard’s death, before moving onto Dadlington and Sutton Cheney churches.

There will be a short ceremony at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, before his journey back to Leicester via Market Bosworth, Newbold Verdon and Desford.

The King’s remains will re-enter the city at Bow Bridge, before travelling to Leicester Cathedral in a horse-drawn hearse.

The remains of Richard III will be received into Leicester Cathedral for a ‘Service of Compline for the Reception of the Remains of King Richard III’ This service is by invitation only. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, will preach.

Monday 23 March

Leicester Cathedral will be open to the public to view the coffin of King Richard III.

Cardinal Nichols will celebrate Mass for the repose of the soul (a ‘Requiem Mass’) of Richard III in Holy Cross Church, the Catholic parish church and Dominican priory in Leicester city centre, at 5pm GMT. The Choir from St Barnabas’ Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Diocese of Nottingham, will sing at this Mass, which will be open to the public.

Tuesday 24 March

Leicester Cathedral will be open to the public to view the coffin of King Richard III.

Dominican friars will sing Vespers, the Catholic Church’s evening service, in Leicester Cathedral.

Wednesday 25 March

Leicester Cathedral will be open to the public to view the coffin of King Richard III (morning only).

Father David Rocks OP, the parish priest of Holy Cross Parish, will preach at the lunchtime Eucharist in Leicester Cathedral.

The Cathedral will be closed on Wednesday afternoon to prepare for the service on Thursday.

Thursday 26 March

‘Service of Reinterment of the Remains of King Richard III’

The mortal remains of Richard III will be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral, with an invited congregation and in the presence of the Most Rt Revd Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and senior clergy from both dioceses, and other Christian denominations alongside representatives of the World Faiths.

Friday 27 March

‘Service of Reveal of the Tomb and Celebration for King Richard III’

Invited people from across the city of Leicester and the county of Leicestershire will gather in the Cathedral to mark the end of King Richard’s journey and the sealed tomb will be revealed to the public.

Saturday 28 March

Leicester Cathedral will be open to the public as normal to view the sealed tomb of King Richard III.



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