Cadets attend royal burial
Sea Cadets led a procession through Leicester, where the King's remains were found
Cadets attend royal burial
Sea Cadets were at a service for Middle Ages celebrity Richard III
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The most talked-about Royal at the moment isn’t Will, Kate or Harry, but one who died 530 years ago.

Even though he’s been dead since 1485, King Richard III was buried this week for the second time, at Leicester Cathedral. Archeologists found his remains three years ago, after figuring out where his tomb used to be and digging him up in what is now a car park in Leicester city centre. 

Richard III was an interesting character in life and death, going to extreme measures to make sure he was next in line to the throne. His death on the battlefield brought an end to the War of the Roses and he was hastily buried nearby, but his tomb was later destroyed.

On Thursday 26 March, seven Sea Cadets took part in Richard’s second burial – one that was more fit for a king, and watched by thousands of people around the world.

The service was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and attended by many important people, including Sophie The Countess of Wessex, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and representatives of families whose ancestors were involved in the War of the Roses.

“I feel privileged”

One of the lucky cadets selected to attend was POC Kieran. He told us what it was like to take part:

“We led a procession that marched through the streets into Leicester Cathedral. Some people had camped outside overnight so that they could be there.

"I was honoured to receive an invitation in my final year of being a Sea Cadet – as someone who appreciates the importance of ceremonial occasions, this was close to my heart.

“I feel privileged to be part of a Royal burial that will be written in the history books and will last forever. This experience will always be in my memories and will be an everlasting story to tell my children in future years.”

‘Lost long, forever found’

As part of the service, actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who genealogists have found is the King’s second cousin 16 times removed, read out the poem ‘Richard’ written by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

Lieutenant Commander (SCC) John Webb RNR, a volunteer who attended the service with the cadets, says: “Afterwards, many people told me how smart our cadets looked, and they were impressed with how well they conducted themselves. I was immensely proud of them.”

Find out more fascinating facts about Richard III with our handy infographic