Richard III Judicial Review decision
The University of Leicester has retained the right to proceed with the reinterment of King Richard III in Leicester.
The University had pledged in 2012 that, should Richard be discovered, he would be reinterred in Leicester. The Ministry of Justice granted the University an exhumation licence to proceed.
When the University of Leicester confirmed that its archaeologists had discovered King Richard III, the University announced it would proceed with the reinterment at Leicester Cathedral.
But the licence was then challenged by a group of pro-Yorkists called the Plantagenet Alliance who stalled the reinterment process leading to a protracted wrangle in the Courts.
Now the High Court has decided to allow the reinterment to proceed. Click here to read their decision online.
Representatives of the Cathedral Quarter Partnership Board (including Leicester Cathedral, Leicester City Council, University of Leicester and Leicestershire County Council) met with media at a press conference at Leicester Cathedral to comment on the outcome of the Judicial Review. You can watch a video on the reaction at the press conference to the High Court's decision below:
You can also also watch the press conference in full on YouTube.
A selection of photos from the event, which was held minutes after the announcement was made by the High Court, follow below:
|Media set up in readiness for the announcement|
|The panel, L-R: Archaeologist Richard Buckley, the Very Reverend David Monteith, the Right Reverend Tim Stevens, Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester City Council), Professor Mark Thompson (University of Leicester) and Councillor Nick Rushton (Leicestershire County Council).
|The panel take questions from the media|
You can access our Richard III website at: www.le.ac.uk/richardIII
Channel 4 has been announced as the official broadcast partner for the reinterment of Richard III and will broadcast live the moment when the King’s body is finally laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral as part of a series of programmes surrounding this extraordinary event.
- Key points from from the High Court decision on the Judicial Review
- Read the University of Leicester press release
- Read the Channel 4 press release
- The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society. The originator of the Search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society.