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Queen gives seal of approval for Richard III reburial in Leicester Cathedral

By Richard Vernalls

The Queen has praised the reburial of Richard III, saying the country had recognised a moment of "great national significance" was at hand.

In a moving service 530 years after Richard's death at Bosworth Field, the king's mortal remains were reinterred at Leicester Cathedral yesterday.

In front of 700 people, including actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Lindsay, who had both played the much-maligned king in Shakespeare plays, an Army guard of honour bore the king aloft to his final resting place.

In a foreword to the order of service, the Queen said she recognised the "great national and international significance" of Richard's reburial.

"Today, we recognise a king who lived through turbulent times and whose Christian faith sustained him in life and death," she said. She expressed her wish that Richard, slain at 32 in August 1485, would "now lie in peace in the city of Leicester in the heart of England".

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