THE body of King Richard III will be reburied at Leicester Cathedral next March.

A reinterment service will take place at the cathedral on March 26 following a week of events in Leicestershire to honour the monarch.

The remains were ­discovered in a car park in Leicester in 2012 by archaeologists from Leicester University after a search spearheaded by Edinburgh-based Philippa Langley.

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The body will be ­transferred into a lead-lined coffin at the university on March 22 and will travel by hearse to Bosworth for a day of events marking the king's final movements.

It will travel through villages significant to the monarch's final days ahead of a service in Bosworth.

King Richard III, who reigned from 1483, was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in August 1485.

The coffin will then return to Leicester Cathedral in the early evening where a service of reception will be attended by guests invited by David Monteith, the Dean of Leicester.

The monarch's remains will then lie in repose, his coffin covered with a commissioned pall, for three days to allow for members of the public to pay their respects.

The reinterment service will take place on Thursday March 26 with events following on the Friday and Saturday. It will be broadcast live on Channel 4.

Descendents of the monarch had tried to fight the decision to reinter the remains in Leicester following the discovery.