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Taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for a High Court battle over whether the remains of King Richard III should be reburied in York or Leicester, lawyers for the Justice Secretary have argued.
In a move which could stop the case, the lawyers challenged moves to shield relatives of the monarch from legal costs.
A judge sitting in London said he would give his ruling on the costs issue as soon as he could.
Richard's remains were discovered buried under a council car park in Leicester last year and the plan is for them to be re-interred at the city's cathedral.
But the relatives have formed the Plantagenet Alliance Ltd to fight for the remains to be buried at York Minster, claiming it was the King's wish.
Money pledged towards funding Richard III's final resting place in Leicester is being withdrawn after a row over how his tomb should look.
The design of the raised stone tomb for the last Plantagenet king, which is to be installed at Leicester Cathedral, has caused a row in the society who campaigned to find the location of his forgotten grave.
Now, some supporters of the Richard III Society say they will not contribute funds towards the tomb's construction, after the new design was revealed last week.
Final approval for the tomb's design lies with the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, which is expected to make a decision by late October.
Leicester Cathedral chiefs have announced the proposed tomb of Richard III will be made of Yorkshire limestone.
The stone was chosen to reflect the last Plantagenet King’s links to York.
The raised tomb will be carved out of finely worked Swaledale fossil limestone, which is quarried near to Middleham, where Richard III underwent his boyhood training, and later lived.
The plans are to be reviewed by the Cathedral Fabric Commission for England, with a decision expected later this month.
Leicester Cathedral has released details of the design of the tomb where it's hoped Richard III will be laid rest. It's a year since his remains were dug up and made headlines around the world.
However, a judicial review into a decision to bury his remains in Leicester could threaten those plans. The King's ancestors want him returned to York.
Rajiv Popat has spent the day at the Cathedral and has all the details.
The first images of what King Richard III's tomb will look like at Leicester Cathedral have been unveiled.
Examples of the stone which will be used to build the tomb were shown to the media today.
Plans for the designs of the new cathedral gardens were also on display.
King Richard III's remains were unearthed in a council car park in Leicester earlier this year.
Plans for how King Richard III's tomb will look at Leicester Cathedral will be unveiled later, after his remains were found under a car park in the city earlier this year.
Examples of the stone which will be used will be shown and there will be a chance to view designs for the new Cathedral gardens.