A maligned monarch found under a parking lot in 2012 was buried in pomp Thursday, as Britain embraced King Richard III, a long-reviled ruler who is experiencing a remarkable posthumous renaissance.

Royalty, religious leaders, and actor Benedict Cumberbatch joined archaeologists, Richard's distant relatives, and others for a service in Leicester Cathedral that saw the king's bones buried with dignity, 530 years after his killing.

"Richard's posthumous reputation has been less than glorious," Gordon Campbell, the University of Leicester's public orator, noted about a man whose name was long a byword for villainy. But now, he has "the greatest following of all English monarchs" apart from Queen Elizabeth II, Campbell said. - AP