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Campaign for Richard III homecoming

More than 1,000 people have signed an official petition to have Richard of York's remains brought back to Yorkshire.

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Lawyer: Richard III decision "regrettable"

The lawyer who spearheaded the unsuccessful bid to have Government permission for Richard III’s remains to be reburied in Leicester overturned has called the decision "regrettable".

Matthew Howarth said:

We obviously respect and accept today’s verdict, and are grateful to have had the opportunity to raise this matter before the courts, but are naturally disappointed at the decision, which we regard as highly regrettable. Also disappointed will be the many thousands of people who expressed the desire to have the decision as to where King Richard III’s remains should be reburied revisited.

We have, however, no regrets about fighting the case, which we can look back on with pride. My client is a not-for-profit entity and many people were amazed that we got as far as we did.

Yet the court, in its judgment today, recognised the case was one of broad public interest and our clients had standing to bring it as a public interest litigant – points resisted by the Ministry of Justice and university throughout.

– Matthew Howarth
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MP: We feel "cheated" out of Richard III debate

Reacting to the High Court's decision to allow King Richard III's bones to be buried in

Leicester, York Outwood MP, Julian Sturdy said:

It is immensely frustrating that despite the unprecedented discovery of such a historically, politically and culturally significant monarch, the Ministry of Justice still refuses to listen to the public on such an important issue.

Over 60,000 people have signed petitions on where they think the reburial should take place and such strong public feeling should not be ignored.

Many of my own constituents believe they have been cheated out of the democratic and open debate that should have taken place over such an important chapter in our heritage.

It is only right and proper that King Richard should return to his home city of York, even if on a temporary basis, after spending the last 500 years under a car park in Leicester.

The people of Yorkshire deserve the chance to pay their final respects to the last Yorkist King, whose death brought about the end of one of the most brutal conflicts in our history.

– Julian Sturdy MP

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Richard III court battle was 'waste of time and money'

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has blasted Plantagenet Alliance, the group who fought to have Richard III buried in York, for wasting taxpayers money.

He said he was pleased with the High Court's decision to rebury the King's remains in Leicester, where they were found.

He added: "I am frustrated and angry that the Plantagenet Alliance - a group with tenuous claims to being relatives of Richard III - have taken up so much time and public money."

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Next move for Richard III's relatives unclear

It is currently unclear whether or not the Alliance will seek to appeal. Any further matters stemming from the judgment will be dealt with at a later date.

Mr Grayling angrily condemned the Alliance legal action, saying it had "taken up so much time and money".

Mr Grayling said: "I have been very clear from the start that the decision to grant an exhumation licence for Richard III was taken correctly and in line with the law.

"I am pleased the court has reached the same conclusion and comprehensively rejected all of the claimant's arguments.

"I am, however, frustrated and angry that the Plantagenet Alliance - a group with tenuous claims to being relatives of Richard III - have taken up so much time and public money.

"This case, brought by a shell company set up by the Alliance to avoid paying legal costs, is an example of exactly why the Government is bringing forward a package of reforms to the judicial review process."

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Applause at Leicester Cathedral after reburial ruling

People inside Leicester Cathedral, including City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, applauded the High Court's decision giving the University of Leicester the right to bury King Richard III's remains in the city's cathedral.

The King's remains were discovered buried under a council car park in Leicester in 2012.

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Calls for Richard III consultation rejected

Today three judges ruled that is where they should remain and it was "time for King Richard III to be given a dignified reburial, and finally laid to rest".

The judges rejected a bid by relatives who make up the Plantagenet Alliance for a ruling that Mr Grayling is under a legal duty to set up a wide-ranging public consultation exercise to decide where the king's final resting place should be.

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King Richard III remains to be buried in Leicester

The High Court has ruled that the University of Leicester has the right to bury King Richard III's remains in the city's cathedral.

Skeletal remains of King Richard III Credit: University of Leicester

The King's remains were discovered buried under a council car park in Leicester in 2012.

Ledger stone for King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral Credit: ITV News Central

Relatives of King Richard III won the right to bring High Court proceedings to challenge where his remains should be buried, but now a judicial review has ruled that the King's remains will be reburied in Leicester.

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Scientists to sequence Richard III's genomes

A model reconstruction of the face of King Richard III Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Scientists have announced plans to sequence the genomes of King Richard III to try and discover more about the 15th Century monarch, including what he actually looked like.

King Richard III was killed in battle during the War of the Roses in 1485 and his remains were only found in 2012 amid the ruins of an old friary beneath a car park in Leicester. Although some portraits of Richard exist, they were painted more than 50 years after his death.

Experts now hope to find out key information about the king including his hair colour, eye colour and even the shade of his skin using "all three billion letters of his genome". The tests could also help to establish details about Richard's health.

Richard will be the world's first known figure from ancient history to have his genomes sequenced.

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Richard III judicial review

Relatives of Richard III continue their fight Credit: Calendar news

The campaign to have Richard III’s remains reburied in York reaches a crucial stage next Tuesday when a full judicial review hearing takes place at London’s High Court. Two judges will review decisions authorising the exhuming and reinterring of the monarch’s remains in Leicester.

Specifically, the hearing will examine the granting of a “section 25 licence” to the University of Leicester. This authorised the institution to remove the king’s remains from beneath a council car park in the city during the autumn of 2012 and reinter them.

The university subsequently announced it intended the reburial would take place in Leicester Cathedral.

A group of the king’s collateral descendants, known as Plantagenet Alliance Limited, which wants his final resting place to be York, has brought Tuesday’s case in an effort to have the “section 25 licence” quashed.

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