Sunday 22nd March

The Fielding Johnson Building
The Fielding Johnson Building

10.50am Coffin emerges from the Fielding Johnson Building, University of Leicester. This is the first time the coffin will be seen by the public.

The University’s Chancellor, President and Vice-Chancellor and Chaplain, alongside the team who discovered Richard III, will lead a short public ceremony before the coffin is carried to the waiting hearse.

11.40 Departure from University of Leicester.

Dadlington Green
Dadlington Green

12.30 Fenn Lane Farm, the closest place to Richard lll death. Private ceremony at which soils from three places in Richard’s life (Middleham, Fotheringhay, Fenn Lane) will be brought together, led by The Revd Hilary Surridge.

13.25. Dadlington 10 min service on the village green, led by the Revd Linda Blay.

Sutton Cheney Church
Sutton Cheney Church

13.55 Sutton Cheney 10 min service outside the ‘Battlefield church’ led by the Revd Julia Hargreaves.

14.20 Short ceremony Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre led by the Bishop of Leicester,the Rt Revd Tim Stevens. UPDATED: TICKET ONLY SOLD OUT. Please do not travel to the Battlefield without a ticket

15.40 Market Bosworth 10 min service led Revd Canon David Jennings.

15.55 Depart Market Bosworth , travel through Newbold Verdon and Desford.

Sundial at Bosworth Battlefield Centre
Sundial at Bosworth Battlefield Centre

16.30 Bow Bridge. City Mayor, Lord Mayor and Gild of Freemen welcome the remains at the medieval city boundary. Schools art project – create pennants. Brief ceremony wrapping a garland of roses around the bridge post.

16.50 Walking procession to St Nicholas Church . Brief 10 minute service. Coffin transferred to horse drawn hearse for procession through Leicester city centre. It will leave St Nicholas at approximately 17.15 to travel through the city centre via High Street, the Clock Tower, Gallowtree Gate, Halford Street, Rutland Street, Pocklingtons Walk and Grey Friars.

17.45 Arrival at Leicester Cathedral – Responsibility for the remains of Richard III will be transferred from the University to the Church outside the Cathedral. The coffin will then be received into Leicester Cathedral

Service of Compline for the Reception of the Remains of King Richard III. An invited congregation will pray a service of Compline where Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, will preach the sermon.

Cathedral will not be open to the public following the service.

Please note all times are approximate

Monday 23rd March

Leicester Cathedral will be open to the public to view the coffin of King Richard III between 9.00 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 17.00.

13.00 The Cathedral’s normal daily Eucharist of will be celebrated by Bishop Tim Stevens.  This will be open to the public to participate in as an act of worship (but not for viewing the coffin).

17.00 Cardinal Nichols will celebrate Mass for the repose of the soul (a ‘Requiem Mass’) of Richard III in Holy Cross Church, the Catholic parish church and Dominican priory in Leicester city centre. The Choir from St Barnabas’ Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Diocese of Nottingham, will sing at this Mass. Admission for the public is by ticket only, and we regret that the ballot for tickets is now closed.


Tuesday 24th March

The Cathedral will be open from 9.30am – 6.15pm and then 7.15pm – 9.00pm. There will be two services during the day, a Eucharist at 1pm and Vespers at 5.30pm, where people will be asked to maintain silence as they move through the Cathedral.

13.00 The Cathedral’s normal daily Eucharist of will be celebrated by Bishop Christopher (assistant bishop of the diocese).  This will be open to the public to participate in as an act of worship (but not for viewing the coffin).

17.30     Dominican friars will sing Vespers, the Catholic Church’s evening service, in Leicester Cathedral.



Wednesday 25th March

Leicester Cathedral will be open to the public to view the coffin of King Richard III between 7.00am – 12.30pm.

13.00      Father David Rocks OP, the parish priest of Holy Cross Parish, will preach at the lunchtime Eucharist in Leicester Cathedral, which will be celebrated by Sister Beverley, a Franciscan  Anglican priest.

Afternoon  Cathedral closed to prepare for service on Thursday.


Thursday 26th March

10.30       Procession of significant guests from Leicester Guildhall to Leicester Cathedral. Details to follow.

11.30       Service of Reinterment of the Remains of King Richard III. The mortal remains of Richard III will be re-interred in Leicester Cathedral, with an invited congregation and in the presence of the Most Rt Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and senior clergy from both dioceses, and other Christian denominations alongside representatives of the World Faiths.

Afternoon and evening Cathedral closed for the final construction of King Richard III’s tomb


Friday 27th March

12.00             Service of Reveal of the Tomb and Celebration for King Richard III.  Invited congregation from across the city of Leicester and the county of Leicestershire will gather in the Cathedral to mark the end of King Richard’s journey and the sealed tomb will be revealed to the public.

Afternoon       Cathedral open to the public to visit King Richard’s Tomb in its final setting

1730               Normal service of Evening Prayer

1800 – 2200   Leicester Glows: Fire Garden and Cathedral Illuminations:  A free event, open to the public will take place in and around Jubilee Square & Cathedral Gardens, culminating in a firework display from the Cathedral roof.


Saturday 28th March

Leicester Cathedral will be open to the public as normal to view the sealed tomb of King Richard III

The regular pattern of morning and evening prayer and the Eucharist will be kept by Leicester Cathedral throughout these days as we prepare for the King’s reinterment. A number of these services will have a very special character.



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