The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby has been talking to Pukaar News ahead of today’s final chapter in the reburial of King Richard III, at Leicester Cathedral.
A congregation of invited guests will witness the service conducted by the Archbishop. It will include a eulogy telling Richard III’s story, as well as the reading of a specially written poem by the actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who is a distant relative of the King. Ironically, Cumberbatch is due to play King Richard in a BBC TV production soon.
The Royal family is being represented by Sophie, Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. The archaeology team from Leicester University, which discovered the King’s remains, is also amongst the guests.
King Richard III’s remains were discovered in 2012, in a car park not far from where he’s being reburied, at Leicester Cathedral.
Thirty-five thousand people turned out on Sunday to watch a procession through the city and county, while some twenty thousand people filed past the King’s coffin as it laid in repose, in the Cathedral.
The service will end with King Richard’s coffin being lowered into the ground, accompanied by prayers from the Archbishop.