Court battle over burial of Richard III remains

November 26, 2013 3:25 AM

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Court battle over burial of Richard III remains

Richard III: Return of the King

A dispute over where the remains of King Richard III should be reburied is to be heard later at the High Court.

They were to be re-interred at the city's cathedral, but some of the king's descendants claim his wish was to be buried at York Minster.

The Plantagenet Alliance is challenging the justice secretary's decision to grant a licence to the Leicester University archaeologists.

It is is seeking a judicial review, accusing Chris Grayling of failing to consult properly before giving the academics permission to excavate and to decide where the bones should be reburied.

The king was found following a lengthy campaign by members of the Richard III Society.

The skeletal remains found beneath a car park in Leicester were confirmed as the king's after DNA from the bones were found to match that of a descendant of the monarch's family.

Richard, who reigned from 1483, was killed in the final battle of the Wars of the Roses at Bosworth field in Leicestershire in 1485.

It was destroyed in the dissolution of the monasteries in in 1538, but Richard remained buried there until he was discovered by the archaeologists in August 2012.

A re-interment ceremony was due to take place in May 2014, but this had been put in doubt by the court case.

The project would cost up to £1.3m, of which £96,000 would be spent on the tomb and vault.


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