Richard III's descendants call for public consultation on burial site

Descendants of Richard III are calling for a public consultation to decide where his remains should be buried. More than 1,000 have signed a petition asking for them to be returned to York.

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Richard lll ruling delayed by High Court

A reconstruction of Richard III based on research from the Society of Antiquaries Credit: PA

Descendants of Richard lll, who are campaigning for his remains to be buried in York, will have to wait to learn the outcome of their High Court battle.

The Plantagenet Alliance wants Richard to be buried in York, rather than Leicester where his remains were found in a car park.

They're asking for a wide-ranging consultation to be held before a decision is made.

The three High Court judges say they need more time to consider the case, and a ruling is expected in the next four to six weeks.


Richard III's descendants call for public consultation on burial site

Richard III's remains. Credit: PA

Descendants of Richard III are calling for a public consultation to determine where his remains should be buried.

The relatives of the monarch are asking judges at the High Court in London to rule that Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is under a legal duty to allow a consultation.

Richard III’s battle-scarred bones were discovered under a council car park in Leicester and the current plan is for them to be reinterred at the city's cathedral.

The Plantagenet Alliance Ltd, formed by the distant relatives, want the remains to be buried at York Minster. They claim that is what Richard III, who was from the House of York, would have wanted.


University hopes to bury Richard III with 'honour in Leicester'

Ahead of the Richard III review, the University of Leicester has released a statement saying they 'look forward to the Judicial Review and a final outcome to the case brought by the Plantagenet Alliance Limited'.

The university found the remains during an archaeological dig. They want to bury the remains in Leicester.

"We continue to work in partnership with Leicester Cathedral and Leicester City Council for a reinterment of King Richard III with dignity and honour in Leicester."

– University of Leicester

They say there would be no discovery of him at all if it weren't for their work and that he should stay there. Distant relatives would like the remains buried in York.

Ministry of Justice 'disappointed' in Richard III row

Richard III campaigners will march through York to raise awareness of plans to bury his remains in Leicester. It comes before the Judicial Review on the 13 and 14 March. King Richard's 16th great-niece, spokesperson for the Plantagenet Alliance, is leading the campaign to return his remains to York.

The Ministry of Justice commented to express disappointment with the permission to challenge them.

"The exhumation licence was granted by the Ministry of Justice following due process. We are disappointed that permission was granted to the Plantagenet Alliance Limited to challenge the licence. We are defending our position at the judicial review hearing."

– The Ministry of Justice
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