Welcome to what promises to be a momentous day as the coffin carrying the mortal remains of King Richard III take their final journey, from the University of Leicester to the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and back through the city to Leicester Cathedral.

The day will culminate with service of Compline at 6pm where the King will be received into the care of Leicester Cathedral and he will lie in repose until Thursday.

We’ll be updating this blog throughout the day, travelling with the cortege adding commentary, images and maybe some video clips from the route.

 

TV coverage beginning on BBC Breakfast

 

Cathedral ready for a very big day. First up Morning Worship Radio 4 at 8.10 (until 8.50). Open to public but must be in place by 7.30 #richardreburied

 

 

Heading up to the University shortly ready for the moment King Richard’s coffin emerges from the Fielding Johnson building at 10.50am

The atmosphere is building at the University, Academics are meeting the press…

 

 

 

Several hundred people now gathered waiting for the ceremony to begin. Press bank is filling up too.

 

The Vice Chancellor is now saying a few words to welcome the crowds.

Meanwhile, over at Bosworth Battlefield, people are already arriving for this afternoon’s service….

The cortege has now left the University of Leicester and is on its way into Leicestershire.

The first stop will be Fenn Lane Farm, an area which archaeological evidence suggests was the site of soldiers fighting. It was here that the Bosworth Boar was found, a solid silver gilded badge which would have been worn by someone of high rank, such as a knight in the King’s household. A private ceremony will take place at Fenn Lane Farm.

Here’s a photo from this morning’s ceremony of Philippa Langley and John Ashdown Hill placing a rose on top of the King’s coffin

Lots of preparation happening in Leicestershire as they await the arrival of the cortege…

A reminder that live TV coverage in the UK will begin at 5.10pm on Channel 4 – we will keep you up to date on this live text until then. Make sure to follow @KRIIILeicester and #richardreburied on twitter and instagram.

The cortege is just a few minutes away from Fenn Lane Farm…

Elsewhere in the county, crowds gather in Darlington awaiting the cortege, which will pass through later today…

Whilst the cortege is out the in county, Leicester Cathedral is preparing for this evenings service…

The wreath laid by Wendy Duldig and Michael Ibsen is made of rose, willow and moss has 14 stems and 85 blooms.

Lots of crowds and media are gathering in Bosworth to greet the coffin and cortege

There’s also lots of great Richard III-related activities taking place all over the city:

Did you see the design of the coffin by Michael Ibsen? Just in case you missed it, check out this shot taken at the University of Leicester earlier today before it was revealed to the world:

Crowds are continuing to gather at Bosworth…

…and all over the city

The cortege is now entering Sutton Cheney

The cortege has arrived at Bosworth, the site of Richard’s final battle

Meanwhile, lots of buzz is building up in the city centre…

The ceremony at Bosworth has concluded with a two minute silence and a 21 gun salute

Wow! What great shots of the crowds from the skies:

The procession has now arrived at Market Bosworth

The cortege has now arrived in Desford…

Crowds have lined the streets in the city centre

 

The cortege has now arrived in Bow Bridge

The cortege has arrived at St Nicholas Church

It’s been fantastic to welcome so many people to the city and county today for Richard’s final journey.

Richard approaches the Cathedral where Dr Richard Buckley OBE from the University of Leicester, lead archaeologist on the GreyFriars dig, will hand his mortal remains over to the Cathedral.

The Service of Compline has now begun at Leicester Cathedral which is being aired live on Channel 4.

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This evening’s Service of Compline has concluded and the mortal remains of King Richard III have been received by Leicester Cathedral where they will lay in repose for the next three days. Members of the public will be able to visit to pay their respects from 9.15am tomorrow morning.

 

We wish you all a good night

The coffin and pall of King Richard III
The coffin and pall of King Richard III