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Leicester awaits King Richard III reburial decision

The media conference table ready for the announcement after 10:00am Credit: ITV News Central/Phil Brewster

This is the scene inside Leicester Cathedral where just after 10.00am this morning, the decision will be made on whether King Richard III's remains will be reinterred in the city.

Various city dignitaries, including the Bishop of Leicester, Rt Revd Tim Stevens & City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, will give their reaction to the outcome of a judicial review, after calls from distant relatives of the last Plantagenet King for his body to be reburied in his home city of York.

High Court expected to give Richard III resting place decision

The High Court is today expected to give its decision of the judicial review which contested whether the Ministry of Justice should have given the rights to the University of Leicester permitting the remains of King Richard III to be buried in the city's cathedral.

Skeletal remains of King Richard III Credit: University of Leicester

The King's remains were discovered buried under a council car park in Leicester in 2012.

Relatives of King Richard III won the right to bring High Court proceedings to challenge where his remains should be buried.


Royalty opens equine rehabilitation centre in Warwickshire

Zara Phillips unveils the plaque Credit: ITV News Central

Zara Phillips has been in Warwickshire to open an Equine Therapy and Rehab Centre, which is the first of its kind in the UK.

The Olympic equestrian unveiled a plaque at Warwickshire College's Moreton Morrell site to mark the occasion.

Riding at the college Credit: ITV News Central

The college has built the facility to help out with its courses in equine management, equitation coaching and equine therapy and rehabilitation.

The treadmill in use Credit: ITV News Central

The centre includes the only equine water treadmill in the country, which is used for helping a horse to full movement with only a low impact on the horse.

It also houses a hydrotherapy spa for lower leg treatment, and purpose built stalls for therapeutic techniques.

A horse having hydrotherapy Credit: ITV News Central


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Royal wedding cake slice to be auctioned

A slice of cake from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding is to be auctioned next week.

Auctioneers Mellors and Kirk are expecting the slice of fruit cake to fetch between £50 and £150 when it goes up for sale on Wednesday.

The cake along with the special note is expected to fetch between £50-£150. Credit: Handout photo issued by Mellors & Kirk.

The cake is to be sold by former employee of Crown Speciality Packaging, Adrian Richardson. who was one of a small number of employees of the firm who were sent a piece of the royal wedding cake to thank them for their work on a specially commissioned presentation tin.

Nigel Kirk, director of Mellors and Kirk Auctioneers in Nottingham said: "It will no doubt be popular with collectors of royal memorabilia."

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 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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