English king to be reburied, 530 years after death

Richard III was the last English king to die in battle

Dignitaries place white roses on a coffin bearing the remains of Richard III outside the Fielding Johnson Building at the University of Leicester in preparation for his reinterment at Leicester Cathedral, Leicester, England, Sunday, March 22, 2015. The remains of King Richard III were discovered in 2012 in the foundations of Greyfriars Church, Leicester, 500 years after he was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. Richard III’s casket will lie inside Leicester Cathedral for public viewing for three days until 26 March when he will be reinterred during a service. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

ENGLAND (NBC News) – A cortege carrying the remains of King Richard III began a solemn tour early Sunday to the site where he was killed, 530 years ago.

Richard’s coffin was taken from the University of Leicester, where it has been since his remains were discovered under a parking lot in 2012.

The team who discovered his remains accompanied the hearse transporting Richard’s coffin to Fenn Lane farm in the village of Dadlington, the site believed to be closest to where he died.

The procession then passed through a number of villages before stopping at Saint Nicholas’ church in Leicester for a short service.

Richard III was the last English king to die in battle. He was killed at Botsworth in 1485.

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