Court to decide where the Remains of Richard III will be kept
London's High Court has begun the proceedings to finally reach a decision on where to keep remains of King Richard III, who died during war in 1485.
York Minster is a place where distant relatives and supporters of the infamous ruler are clamoring to bury the remains. The body of the king was found under a car park in Leicester in 2012. York Minster is a city that gave its name to Richard's royal house.
According to the claims of Plantagenet Alliance, the last medieval king of England wished to be interred in the historic northern England city.
But the archeologists behind the astonishing discovery are fighting to have the remains in Leicester, at the city's cathedral. The Ministry of Justice and the local council have supported the scientists from the University of Leicester, hoping more tourists will be attracted to the central England city because of the monarch.
Plantagenet Alliance lawyer Gerard Clarke said Thursday that Queen Elizabeth II has maintained silence on the issue.
It was confirmed after DNA testing and analysis of battle wounds that the body remains belonged to Richard. The king was buried without ceremony after he was killed during the Battle of Bosworth. The War of the Roses immediately came to an end after the death of King Richard III.
Mr. Clarke told Lady Justice Hallett, Mr. Justice Ouseley and Mr. Justice Haddon-Cave that views on burial place of body remains of Richard should be obtained from the Crown, and groups including English Heritage, relevant churches, other public bodies and those who have a family relationship with the late king.
"Although many people are astonished we've got this far, we will go to the hearing with every confidence in our position, intending to state our case clearly and believing there's every chance the licence will be quashed", Matthew Howarth, the partner and judicial review expert at Yorkshire law firm Gordons representing the alliance, said prior to the hearing.