The location of King Richard III's grave remained a mystery for centuries until archaeologists rediscovered his bones under a parking lot in Leicester, England, in 2012. More than 500 years after his death, Richard is getting a burial fit for a king.
After a day-long procession through Leicester, Richard's lead-lined oak casket arrived at Leicester Cathedral on Sunday, March 22. (Credit: Matt Short)
The procession made a stop at Bosworth Field, where Richard was killed in battle in 1485. After his death, Henry Tudor became king. (Credit: Matt Short)
Richard was buried in a roughly dug grave, likely without a coffin or burial shroud, under the choir of a monastery called Grey Friars. His new coffin was built by his distant relative, Michael Ibsen, a Canadian-born furniture maker, and it will be sealed inside Leicester Cathedral. (Credit: Will Johnston)
Richard was the last king of the House of York, which used a white rose as its symbol. (Credit: Mike Sewell)
Richard's coffin arrives at Leicester Cathedral. (Credit: Matt Short)
A young Richard fan watches the king's procession at St. Nicholas Church. (Credit: Beth Walsh)
After Sunday's service, Richard's casket went on public view Monday morning and thousands came to pay their respects. (Credit: King Richard in Leicester)
With a curved spine and signs of battle trauma, the remains of King Richard III were discovered in 2012 during an excavation in Leicester that uncovered the ruins of Grey Friars beneath a parking lot. (Credit: University of Leicester)
A facial reconstruction of King Richard III, based on his bones, shows what the monarch might have looked like. (Credit: Richard III Society)
Richard's reburial ceremony took place at Leicester Cathedral on March 26. (Credit: Will Johnston)
The king's remains were lowered into a brick-lined tomb near the altar. (Credit: Ian Davis)
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who is a distant cousin of Richard III, read a poem during Thursday's reburial ceremony. (Credit: Matt Short)
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