Campaign for Richard III homecoming

Philippa Langley, originator of the 'Looking for Richard III' project, with the face of King Richard III, unveiled to the media in London Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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

The burial site of the last king of the House of York and of the Plantagenet dynasty was discovered under a car park in Leicester last year. The bones which were found were only officially confirmed as those of Richard III in a press conference yesterday.

He is expected to now be given a burial in Leicester Cathedral next year. But campaigners in Yorkshire now believe his remains should be brought back to his native Yorkshire.

They have started an e-petition, an official online survey relating to anything that the government is responsible for.

The petition reads:

If the petition gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.

To add your name to the petition, go to the government e-petition website.