Distant relatives of King Richard III have lost their High Court battle over where the monarch's remains should be reburied.
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Just weeks after campaigners in York lost their legal fight for the remains of King Richard III to be buried in the city, details of his reinternment have been announced. It will take place at Leicester Cathedral and his coffin will be made by one of his descendants. Emma Wilkinson reports.
The budget for the reburial of King Richard III has been set out this morning, at an estimated £2.5 million.
The reinterment has been described as a 'major national event', and £1.4 million of the budget will be spent on the building work at Leicester Cathedral.
The new resting place for the last Plantagenet King has been designed by London-based designers Van Heyningen & Haward Architects, as part of their ongoing remodelling of the cathedral.
"This is a tomb which reflects the era in which it is designed as well as the solomn purpose for which it was commissioned. To do anything else would be a pastiche of a medieval tomb and would ignore the fact he is being reburied in the 21st century."
Dean of Leicester David Monteith
Richard's distant relatives - spearheaded by his 16th great niece - wanted his bones to return to York which they say is his spiritual home. High Court judges ruled against them last month.
Designs for a tomb to rebury Richard III in will be revealed today. The King's remains were found in Leicester and a group of descendants wanted him reinterred in York, but the high court ruled he would have to stay in the midlands.
Richard the Third - the last King of the House of York WILL be buried in Leicester where his remains were found beneath a car park.
Richard's distant relatives - spearheaded by his 16th great niece - want his bones to return to York which they say is his spiritual home.
Today High Court judges ruled against them - but the relatives are now considering a further appeal. Jon Hill reports:
The lawyer who spearheaded the unsuccessful bid to have Government permission for Richard III’s remains to be reburied in Leicester overturned has called the decision "regrettable".
Matthew Howarth said:
We obviously respect and accept today’s verdict, and are grateful to have had the opportunity to raise this matter before the courts, but are naturally disappointed at the decision, which we regard as highly regrettable. Also disappointed will be the many thousands of people who expressed the desire to have the decision as to where King Richard III’s remains should be reburied revisited.
We have, however, no regrets about fighting the case, which we can look back on with pride. My client is a not-for-profit entity and many people were amazed that we got as far as we did.
– Matthew Howarth
Yet the court, in its judgment today, recognised the case was one of broad public interest and our clients had standing to bring it as a public interest litigant – points resisted by the Ministry of Justice and university throughout.
Reacting to the High Court's decision to allow King Richard III's bones to be buried in
Leicester, York Outwood MP, Julian Sturdy said:
It is immensely frustrating that despite the unprecedented discovery of such a historically, politically and culturally significant monarch, the Ministry of Justice still refuses to listen to the public on such an important issue.
Over 60,000 people have signed petitions on where they think the reburial should take place and such strong public feeling should not be ignored.
Many of my own constituents believe they have been cheated out of the democratic and open debate that should have taken place over such an important chapter in our heritage.
– Julian Sturdy MP
It is only right and proper that King Richard should return to his home city of York, even if on a temporary basis, after spending the last 500 years under a car park in Leicester.
The people of Yorkshire deserve the chance to pay their final respects to the last Yorkist King, whose death brought about the end of one of the most brutal conflicts in our history.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has blasted Plantagenet Alliance, the group who fought to have Richard III buried in York, for wasting taxpayers money.
He said he was pleased with the High Court's decision to rebury the King's remains in Leicester, where they were found.
He added: "I am frustrated and angry that the Plantagenet Alliance - a group with tenuous claims to being relatives of Richard III - have taken up so much time and public money."
Descendants of the 'last medieval king of England' claim his last wish was to be buried at York Minster despite losing a High Court battle today.
The remains of the king, whose death in 1485 ended the Wars of the Roses, will be reburied in Leicester, where his remains were found in a car park in 2012.
It is currently unclear whether or not the Alliance will seek to appeal. Any further matters stemming from the judgment will be dealt with at a later date.
Mr Grayling angrily condemned the Alliance legal action, saying it had "taken up so much time and money".
Mr Grayling said: "I have been very clear from the start that the decision to grant an exhumation licence for Richard III was taken correctly and in line with the law.
"I am pleased the court has reached the same conclusion and comprehensively rejected all of the claimant's arguments.
"I am, however, frustrated and angry that the Plantagenet Alliance - a group with tenuous claims to being relatives of Richard III - have taken up so much time and public money.
"This case, brought by a shell company set up by the Alliance to avoid paying legal costs, is an example of exactly why the Government is bringing forward a package of reforms to the judicial review process."