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Richard III: Leicester Cathedral reburial service for king

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Richard III: Leicester Cathedral reburial service for king

Military bearer party Members of the armed forces carried Richard III's coffin into Leicester Cathedral

The service to mark the reburial of King Richard III has taken place at Leicester Cathedral. longines replica watches

The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev Justin Welby, presided over the service with local senior clergy and representatives of world faiths.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were among the guests.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, a distant relation of the king, read a poem by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

During the service, The Rt Rev Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, said: "People have come in their thousands from around the world to this place of honour, not to judge or condemn but to stand humble and reverent.

"From car park to cathedral...Today we come to give this King, and these mortal remains the dignity and honour denied to them in death."

Benedict Cumberbatch A poem written for the occasion was read by actor Benedict Cumberbatch Clergy leave cathedral Members of the clergy led a procession out of the cathedral following the service

A procession and commemoration service are also taking place in York later.

The king's remains were found beneath a Leicester car park in 2012.

The archbishop, spiritual leader of the Church of England, delivered a prayer shortly before the reburial took place.

"We return the bones of your servant Richard to the grave," he said.

On writing "Richard", the poem recited by Cumberbatch during the service, Ms Ann Duffy said it was "a privilege".

"[It was] a meditation on the impact of his finding and on the legacy of his story," she said.

Countess of Wessex The Countess of Wessex was among guests at the service Jubilee Square A big screen in Jubilee Square televised the service to people outside the cathedral Leicester Cathedral The Queen's Division Band and musicians from the Royal Signals marched to the cathedral

Thousands of people lined the streets as the last Plantagenet king's coffin was taken on a procession through the county on Sunday.

Across three days this week, more than 20,000 people also queued for hours to view the coffin in the cathedral.

The procession ahead of the service made its way through the city centre to the cathedral.

Richard III coffin Crowds adorned Richard III's coffin with white roses as it travelled to the cathedral on Sunday Richard III reinterment Some gathered in Leicester city centre several hours before the service began

Ahead of the service, The Dean of Leicester, the Very Reverend David Monteith, told BBC Today the ceremony would be an "extraordinary, moving thing".

"There are no mourners. Instead it's much more of a hello, a welcome, a recognition of our history," he said.

"Also [it's] a recognition of the pain of what happened to him, the humiliation he suffered after death - which is really not what we would want for any human being and the church would want to point to his dignity."

The service was attended by 200 members of the public, following a ballot and representatives of those involved in finding and identifying the remains.

Communities who live in the vicinity of the battle site and known descendants from the Battle of Bosworth have also been invited.

The cathedral will fully reopen to the public on Friday when the king's sealed tomb will be revealed.

Richard III coffin and remains The king's skeleton was sealed inside a lead-lined inner casket known as an ossuary last week

In York, a choral evensong will be held at York Minster at 17:15 GMT followed by a commemoration service.

A procession led by the civic party and senior clergy will then make its way through the city from 18:20 GMT and end at Mansion House.

The reburial has not been without controversy. Campaigners who petitioned for Richard III to be reburied in York have described the events in Leicester over the last week as a "pantomime".

Richard, the last English king to die in battle, was killed at Bosworth Field in 1485, at the end of the Wars of the Roses