Queen faces call to end ‘squabble’ over burial site for Yorkist king

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CAMPAIGNERS have called on the Queen to step in and end the “unseemly squabble” over where Richard III’s remains should be re-buried following delays to a legal battle.

The Richard III Foundation has called on the reigning monarch to decide on where the skeleton of the last Yorkist king should be re-interred in an attempt to bring to a close the High Court battle, which was adjourned earlier this week.

While the foundation has backed the bid to bring the remains to York instead of being laid to rest in Leicester, the UK director Andy Smith claimed the legal challenge could now rumble on for several years. And the foundation’s founder and chief executive, Joe Ann Ricca, claimed the Queen should now decide on the “most appropriate place” for the re-burial.

She added: “Now is the time to say ‘enough is enough’ and put a stop to the unseemly squabbling. We should think of King Richard and let him rest in peace. The Richard III Foundation therefore calls upon Her Majesty The Queen to intercede on behalf of her predecessor King Richard, and in the interests of the Monarchy as an institution, and to call a halt to these constant arguments.”

Richard’s remains were discovered under a council car park in Leicester last year and are set to be re-interred at the city’s cathedral. But his descendants from the Plantagenet Alliance are fighting for the remains to be buried at York Minster, claiming it was the king’s wish.

The alliance has brought judicial review proceedings against the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and the University of Leicester. The legal challenge concerns a failure to consult before giving archaeologists from the university licence to excavate and to decide where the bones should be re-buried. But three High Court judges ruled on Tuesday the case must be adjourned to a later date so that Leicester City Council can be added to the list of parties.