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Richard III reburial details revealed

The body of King Richard III will be reburied at Leicester Cathedral next March, it has been announced today.

Richard III will be reburied next March

A reinterment service will take place at the cathedral on March 26 following a week of events in Leicestershire to honour the monarch.

The remains will be transferred into a lead-lined coffin at Leicester University on March 22 and will travel by hearse to Bosworth for a day of events marking the king's final movements.

The journey will see the hearse travel through villages that were significant to the monarch's final days ahead of a service in Bosworth.

The king, who reigned from 1483, was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in August 1485.

The coffin will then return to Leicester Cathedral in the early evening where a service of reception will be attended by guests invited by David Monteith, the Dean of Leicester.

The monarch's remains will then lie in repose, his coffin covered with a commissioned pall, for three days to allow for members of the public to pay their respects.

The reinterment service, which will also be invite only, will take place on Thursday March 26 with events following on the Friday and Saturday.

The reinterment service will be broadcast live on Channel 4.

The monarch's remains were found in 2012 Credit: Press Association

Our cathedral has been consistently committed to providing a fitting, dignified and memorable ceremony or the reinterment of King Richard.

We can now see how this works out in detail and our city and county look forward to all the events of next spring.

– The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens

The king's remains were unearthed from a council car park in Leicester in 2012 by archaeologists from the University of Leicester.

Descendents of the monarch in York had tried to fight the decision to reinter the remains in Leicester following the discovery.

The group, called The Plantagenet Alliance, had called for a consultation for the monarch to be buried in York and were granted a judicial review.

They lost their battle in May this year when judges at the High Court ruled that there was "no duty to consult" over the monarch's final resting place.


£2.5m King Richard III reburial plans unveiled

Artist impressions of new tomb for King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral Credit: Van Heyningen & Haward Architects

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.

Richard III's distant relatives considering appeal

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:

Lawyer: Richard III decision "regrettable"

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.

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.

– Matthew Howarth


MP: We feel "cheated" out of Richard III debate

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.

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.

– Julian Sturdy MP
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Richard III court battle was 'waste of time and money'

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

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."

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Richard III's 'last wish' to buried at York

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.

Next move for Richard III's relatives unclear

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."

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