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Judges postpone decision over Richard III's burial

The battle over where the remains of King Richard III should be laid to rest has ended, with judges postponing their final decision until they have considered the evidence further.

Relatives of the former monarch who make up the Plantagenet Alliance have argued that there should have been a national public consultation over where he would be reinterred.

A mock up of Richard III based on research from the Society of Antiquaries
A mock up of Richard III based on research from the Society of Antiquaries Credit: PA

Their counsel, Gerard Clarke, told the court that the issue was important as Richard III was the last English king to die in battle - and so should not be treated as just "any old bones".

But counsel for the government, James Eadie, said there was "no statutory or common law duty to consult".

Lady Justice Hallett, sitting with Mr Justice Ouseley and Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, said the court would take time to consider its judgment and told the parties: "We shall let you know our decision as soon as possible."

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Leicester's actions over king's remains 'inexplicable'

The Plantagenet Alliance Ltd, formed by the distant relatives of King Richard III, are fighting for the late monarch's remains to be buried at York Minster, claiming it was the king's wish.

Read: High Court battle over King Richard III's final resting place begins today

They are bringing judicial review proceedings against Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, the University of Leicester - which intends to bury the remains at Leicester Cathedral - and Leicester City Council.

Their solicitor, Matthew Howarth, from law firm Gordons, said:

Quite why our opponents have declined the obviously sensible option of independent adjudication, preferring to incur substantial legal costs - including for the taxpayer - and tie up considerable court time, is inexplicable.

Although many people are astonished we've got this far, we'll go to the hearing with every confidence in our position, intending to state our case clearly and believing there's every chance the licence will be quashed.

If that happens, the odds about the king eventually being laid to rest in York will shorten dramatically.

At the heart of the case is a Ministry of Justice decision to grant a "section 25 licence" under the Burial Act giving archaeologists from the university licence to excavate, and the university permission to decide where to re-bury the bones, which were exhumed in the city 19 months ago.

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Court battle over King Richard III's final resting place

A High Court battle over the final resting place for the remains of King Richard III begins today.

A mock up of Richard III based on research from the Society of Antiquaries Credit: PA

After the king's remains were discovered buried under a council car park in Leicester in 2012 they were expected to be re-interred at the city's cathedral.

However, distant relatives of the monarch formed an alliance and brought the action in what has been described as "the (legal) Wars of the Roses part 2".

Read more: Richard III's family court battle

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Prince William takes royal selfie with Lincolnshire girl

Prince William poses with Madison Lambe Credit: SWNS

Prince William has become the latest royal to join the selfie craze, posing with a member of the public at Sandringham.

According to the Daily Mail, William photographed himself with twelve-year-old Madison Lambe from Boston, Lincolnshire, because she was too nervous to press the button.

Read: The girl from Cheltenham who had her picture taken with the Queen

Read: The Royal selfie - Prince of Wales joins online craze

Villa fail to hit the net for Prince's first game

Aston Villa failed to pull out a winning performance for their Royal fan, treating the heir to the throne to just a nil-nil draw in the home game against Sunderland.

Prince William in his Villa jacket
Prince William in his Villa jacket Credit: Mike Egerton/PA

Lifelong supporter Prince William took a seat at Villa Park for the first time today, though he has seen the team play before.

He went to Wembley to witness the club's victory over Bolton during the FA Cup semi-final in 2000.

The Prince reacts to the action on-pitch
The Prince reacts to the action on-pitch Credit: Mike Egerton/PA

The Prince could be seen shouting support to the players, and reacting to some of the action on-pitch.

Calling out support for the team
Calling out support for the team Credit: Mike Egerton/PA

Prince William makes his first visit to Aston Villa

Lifelong fan Prince William has taken a seat for the first time at Villa Park for the home game against Sunderland today.

Prince William reacts to the action on-pitch
Prince William reacts to the action on-pitch Credit: Mike Egerton/PA

Although it is the Prince's first visit to the stadium, he has seen the team before, heading to Wembley for the club's victory over Bolton at Wembley in 2000 during the FA Cup semi-final.

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