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King Richard III remains to be buried in Leicester

The High Court has ruled that the University of Leicester does have the rights to bury King Richard III's remain in the city's cathedral.

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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.

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