Photos: Richard III's Reburial in Leicester

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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Megan Gannon
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Megan has been writing for Live Science and since 2012. Her interests range from archaeology to space exploration, and she has a bachelor's degree in English and art history from New York University. Megan spent two years as a reporter on the national desk at NewsCore. She has watched dinosaur auctions, witnessed rocket launches, licked ancient pottery sherds in Cyprus and flown in zero gravity. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.