Four officers from the City of London police force’s mounted section have led the cortege carrying the mortal remains of King Richard III on his last journey through the city of Leicester from St Nicholas Church to the Cathedral today.
The last of the Plantagenet kings, Richard III has been escorted by PS Jesse Wynne, on Lionheart and PC Jacqui Sharrad on Ariel with PC Clive Wilkinson on Temple and PC Kim Ashton on Bowron.
The officers wore their tunics with black gloves, medals and aiguillettes and the horses have been in full ceremonial regalia as the event has been broadcast live to millions on Channel 4 television.
Once the cortege got to the outskirts of the Leicester city centre, King Richard’s coffin was transferred onto a horse drawn hearse outside St Nicholas Church on St Nicholas Circle.
The coffin was then be escorted by the four mounted City of London Police officers and knights on horseback through the city centre to the clock tower, arriving at Leicester Cathedral at 5.45 pm.
The City of London Police were invited to provide this escort because Leicestershire police do not have a mounted section and the City Police have longstanding experience of major ceremonial events such as the annual Lord Mayor’s show and Trooping the Colour.
Police Sergeant Jesse Wynne from the mounted branch said:
It is an honour to be asked to participate in the reburial of King Richard III. As part of the City of London Police, our horses undergo a rigorous selection and training process and are used to ceremonial occasions and high profile events which draw large crowds and media attention. We are all humbled to be taking part in such an historic occasion but have faith in our horses and ourselves.