King Richard III remains in the hands of Leicester University

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it is the University of Leicester's decision on where the remains of Richard III should lay as they had been granted permission to exhume the monarch's body.

It comes after York Council confirmed it was writing to the Queen and MoJ to lay claim to the remains of the King in a bid to get the King's remains to his "spiritual home".

When applying for an archaeological exhumation licence, the applicant must state that the remains will be laid to rest at a suitable location.

The licence we issued states that the applicant (the University of Leicester) would, no later than August 31, 2014, deposit the remains at Jewry Wall Museum or have them interred at St Martin's Cathedral or in a burial ground in which interments may legally take place.

The precise location of reburial is now for the University of Leicester.

– Ministry of Justice

York Minster says it supports the terms of the MoJ licence.

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