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Relatives want King buried in York

Fifteen living relatives of King Richard III, whose body was unearthed from a council car park last year, are to challenge in the courts plans to rebury him in Leicester, as they want his reburial to be at York Minster.

Campaigners have argued that the king would have wanted to be put to rest at York Minster and that the remains should be moved to the city.

The MoJ has said it is the University of Leicester's decision to make as they had been granted permission to exhume the monarch.

Now 15 living relatives of the monarch, have announced they are to challenge the MoJ's decision to grant the licence to Leicester University.

An application for judicial review is to be lodged by lawyers in Leeds on behalf of the group, who are seeking to have the remains reburied in York.

We have now written officially to the Ministry of Justice and University of Leicester, notifying them that we plan to issue these claims. This enables us to obtain some further information from them relating to the matters in question.

We will follow up by issuing the judicial review and other proceedings as soon as possible, but certainly within the next few weeks.

– Matthew Howarth, Gordons

We have every hope that (we) will succeed in ... our quest to have Richard's remains buried at the most appropriate site, York Minster.

– Stephen Nicolay, a 16th great-nephew of the monarch