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Dispute over burial plans for King Richard III continues

Dispute over burial plans for King Richard III continues

THE dispute over where the remains of King Richard III should be reburied is set to continue following a legal challenge by distant relatives of the former monarch.

The skeletal remains of the last of the Plantagenets, who was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, were discovered beneath a carpark in Leicester by archaeologists in 2012. The site had been where the Franciscan friary of Greyfriars had stood and where the King’s body had been taken following the battle.

But plans to reinter the remains in Leicester Cathedral led to disagreement with some people insisting that the King’s final resting place should be in York Minster. It was said that Richard had planned to build a chapel there and had expressed a wish that he should eventually be buried in the city.

Now a group known as The Plantagenet Alliance has gone to court to challenge the reburial plans. The group, which includes 15 of Richard’s distant relatives, challenged the decision by the Ministry of Justice to allow the burial in Leicester.

The judge hearing the challenge, Mr. Justice Haddon-Cave, granted permission for a judicial review of the decision but warned the parties against what he called an “undignified and unedifying” legal tussle.

Leicester Cathedral, meanwhile, has begun a £1m project to provide a tomb for the King and the local council has drawn-up plans to establish a £4m visitor centre.

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