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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Artwork depicts the search for the grave of King Richard III

Emma Vieceli's artistic visual representation of the search for Richard III Credit: Emma Vieceli, Kate Brown, Paul Duffield
Emma Vieceli's artistic visual representation of the search for Richard III Credit: Emma Vieceli, Kate Brown, Paul Duffield
Emma Vieceli's artistic visual representation of the search for Richard III Credit: Emma Vieceli, Kate Brown, Paul Duffield
Emma Vieceli's artistic visual representation of the search for Richard III Credit: Emma Vieceli, Kate Brown, Paul Duffield
Emma Vieceli's artistic visual representation of the search for Richard III Credit: Emma Vieceli, Kate Brown, Paul Duffield

Images provided by the University of Leicester show artwork depicting the story of their search for the grave of King Richard III.

At a press briefing today the University said that they had entered a new phase in the search for King Richard III.

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'We have searched for Richard and we have found him'

"Wow, today marks the culmination of an extraordinary journey of discovery.

We have searched for Richard and we have found him, now it is time to honour him."

– Philippa Langley, Richard III Society

She describes how it was a near-miss. The dig almost got cancelled because one of the funding bodies pulled out.

The tomb design will be revealed in the next few weeks.

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Yorkshire connections of King Richard III

The Yorkshire Branch of the Richard III Society claim, naturally, that Yorkshire was his favourite county of all. And that it was in Yorkshire that he was happiest, where he and his wife, Anne Neville, daughter of Warwick the Kingmaker made their first - and favourite - home, at Middleham Castle .

It was also in Yorkshire that that their only son, Edward was born in 1473, and spent most of his tragically short life. Debate is already underway as to whether the last Yorkist monarch should be brought 'home' - with some calling for the burial place to be York Minster.

The last English King to die in battle - he lived for 12 years in the North of England.Some historians say that although entitled to be buried at Westmister Abbey alongside other Kings and Queens of England, he had announced his intention to be buried at York.

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