King Richard III honoured ahead of reburial at Leicester Cathedral

Dignitaries and descendants paid tribute Sunday to King Richard III, whose remains were discovered more than 500 years after his death in a 15th-century battle.

Remains of 15th-century British king found under parking lot in 2012

King Richard III's Canadian descendants


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Jeff Ibsen and his brother Michael took part in Sunday's ceremony in Leicester, England to transfer the remains of the 15th-century king 5:18

Dignitaries and descendants paid tribute Sunday to King Richard III, whose remains were discovered more than 500 years after his death in a 15th-century battle.

The king's remains were transferred from the University of Leicester in central England on Sunday to Leicester Cathedral, where he will lie in state until Thursday's reinterment ceremony.

Hundreds of people lined the procession's route.

Descendants of Richard III's eldest sister, Anne of York, place white roses on a coffin bearing the remains of the king outside the Fielding Johnson Building at the University of Leicester. Michael Ibsen is on the left, his brother Jeff Ibsen, on the right, and in the middle is Wendy Duldig, their 14th cousin twice removed. (Rui Vieira/Associated Press)

Richard's skeletal remains were found in an old friary beneath a parking lot in 2012.

Archaeologist Richard Buckley, who coordinated the dig in Leicester, placed a white rose on Richard III's coffin during the ceremony at the university  as did others, including Canadian-born Michael Ibsen, a descendant of the king's eldest sister, Anne of York. 

Ibsen provided DNA in saliva to help pathologists identify the remains of Richard III, and he crafted the king's simple, oak coffin, seen by the public for the first time Sunday.

Ibsen, 58, was born in London, Ont., and moved to Britain 30 years ago. The cabinetmaker lives and works in London, England.

King Richard III is believed to have died at age 32 of wounds to the skull at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

He was the last British monarch to die in battle. William Shakespeare immortalized him as a villainous hunchback.

Michael Ibsen's younger brother Jeff, from Toronto, attended some of the ceremonies and called them a "dignified" way to say farewell to the king. Richard III's exit from battle was anything but as forces loyal to Henry Tudor carried out the attack that gave their leader the throne.

There is evidence that Richard's hands were tied behind his back and the body, without a shroud, was dumped in a grave.

"His body was stripped naked and people tried to humiliate him as much as they could," Jeff Ibsen told CBC News.

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