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University list reasons for Leicester Richard III reburial

The University of Leicester has issued the following list of reasons why it believes King Richard III should be reinterred at Leicester Cathedral.

  • The plan for reinterment in Leicester Cathedral was clearly stated and unambiguous at the start of the project and announced in a statement on Friday 24 August 2012. This was before the dig started.
  • Reinterment on the nearest consecrated ground is in keeping with good archaeological practice. Richard has lain in the shadow of St Martin’s Cathedral, Leicester, for over 500 years.
  • The landowner (Leicester City Council) gave permission for the excavation of the Greyfriars site on this basis. Had the plan been to reinter Richard other than in Leicester, permission would not have been granted for the search.

University statement after Richard III judgement

The University of Leicester has issued the following statement after the successful appeal by campaigners fighting to get Richard III's remains reinterred in York instead of Leicester.

The University is currently digesting the content of the judgment, which raises a number of important and complex issues.

The University continues to take the view that the claim is without merit and that this is the conclusion which the court is likely to reach once it has had the benefit of hearing detailed evidence and legal argument during the course of the judicial review.

That said, the University notes that court does not suggest that the University itself has acted unlawfully by failing to conduct a consultation exercise in connection with the issue of re-interment.

Indeed, the judgment makes clear that it would not have been appropriate for the University itself to have embarked on such an exercise.

The University maintains that it is entirely proper and fitting that the remains of Richard III, Duke of Gloucester, be buried in the magnificent holy setting of Leicester Cathedral, near where his remains had lain for centuries and where they were finally discovered as a result of what the court described as 'the inspired, determined and meticulous work' of the University and members of the Richard III Society.

The University will now liaise with the Ministry of Justice with a view to ascertaining how it wishes to proceed.


Judge: 'Avoid embarking on War of the Roses Part 2'

High Court judge, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, has urged campaigners to avoid War of the Roses Part 2, after he gave a group of relatives of King Richard III permission to bring High Court proceedings to challenge Leicester reburial plans for the last Plantagenet king.

"t is ironic that the Wars of the Roses appear to be returning whence they started - the Temple. Legend has it that John Beaufort and Richard Plantagenet picked the symbolic red and white roses in Inner and Middle Temple gardens...

I would, however, urge the parties to avoid embarking on the (legal) Wars of the Roses Part 2. In my view, it would be unseemly, undignified and unedifying to have a legal tussle over these royal remains.

This would not be appropriate, or in the country's interests. The discovery of Richard III's remains engages interests beyond those of the immediate parties, and touches on sovereign, state and church.

For these reasons, I would strongly recommend that parties immediately consider referring the fundamental question - as to where and how Richard III is reburied - to an independent advisory panel made up of suitable experts and Privy Councillors, who can consult and receive representations from all interested parties and make suitable recommendations with reasonable speed.

– Mr Justice Haddon-Cave

Teenager thanks Prince William for saving her life

Sharon West from Weston Beggard near Hereford thanking the Prince today Credit: ITV News

The Duke of Cambridge has been thanked by a teenager he rescued while on duty as a search and rescue pilot.

Prince William was attending an agricultural show on Anglesey where he serves as an RAF helicopter pilot. while there he met Sharon West from Weston Beggard near Hereford.

The RAF Helicopter the Prince pilots Credit: ITV News

She was on holiday in wales when she and her sister got caught in a rip tide. Today she thanked him face to face and afterwards said he saved my life - a few seconds later and I wouldn't be here.

Prince William preparing for take off in his role as a search and rescue pilot in North Wales Credit: ITV News

Plans for new King Richard III visitor centre in Leicester approved

Leicester City Council has approved plans for a new King Richard III centre in Leicester.

The former Alderman Newton's School building at St Martin's place, next to the Greyfriars grave site where the remains of the last plantagenet king were found, will host the permanent £4 million exhibition.

As part of the exhibition, a new covered area will allow visitors to access the grave site. Designs also include a new courtyard garden, glass entrance hall and viewing balcony.

The centre is due to open in Spring 2014, just in time for the planned reinterment of the King's remains at Leicester Cathedral.

"I am very pleased that these stunning designs to bring new life to this beautiful old building has been approved, and work can now progress on creating a very fitting visitor experience telling the story of King Richard."

– Sir Peter Soulsby, Leicester City Mayor


Richard III exhibition plans to be considered by council planners

The former Alderman Newton's School building at St Martin's Place Credit: ITV News Central

Plans for a permanent King Richard III exhibition in Leicester will be considered by city council planners today.

The proposals for the centre, at the former Alderman Newton's School building at St Martin's Place, were revealed in June.

The plans for the visitor centre would cost £4 million if approved.

Archaeologists pulling their recent discovery from the ground Credit: University of Leicester

Read more on the University of Leicester's latest finding

Video: Then and now - how media coverage of Royal births has changed in six decades

by Phil Brewster

Earlier the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge formally registered the birth of their son, Prince George.

Prince William did the honours, signing the birth register entry for the third-in-line to the throne at Kensington Palace this morning.

Thanks to the power of modern media, we found out about it almost immediately.

But thanks to our friends at the Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust, we can show you some newsreel footage of a previous royal birth that shows it wasn't always like that. Phil Brewster reports.

Read more: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge register the birth of Prince George.

Richard III: maize maze becomes Monarch's mascot

Aeriel photos of 3 mile long maze in Wistow, Leicestershire. Credit: Wistow maze

A three-mile long crop maze in Leicestershire has chosen the shape of Richard III's mascot for visitors to find their way around.

The annual trail in Wistow is now in its tenth year. The route is mown into an eight acre field of maize which is then opened to the public.

The aerial picture above shows the monarch's mascot, which is a boar and a crown.

It's hoped the unusual concept, set in eight acres of farmland, will attract thousands of visitors, after maze creators struggled last year because of the extreme wet weather.

For more information on the Wistow Maze, click here to visit the website.

Council to meet for decision on Richard III exhibition

Leicester City Council are due to meet next week to make a decision on plans for a £4million King Richard III visitor centre to be built.

Proposals revealed in June that would see the former Alderman Newton’s School building at St Martin’s Place transformed into a permanent exhibition on the life, death and discovery of King Richard III.

The face of Richard III Credit: PA Wire

The 150-year-old building is right next to the Grey Friars grave site, which will allow visitors to see the whole area where the remains were found.

The site of the dig at Grey Friars Credit: University of Leicester

This comes after the latest month-long dig at the site by the University of Leicester, which found more skeletons, a medieval stone coffin, and further details as to the layout of the original building that covered the bodies.

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