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King Richard III's Family Set For Court Battle
A group of relatives of King Richard III have won the right to challenge a plan to rebury his remains in Leicester.
The king's body was unearthed from a council car park last year.
His descendants want his remains to be reburied in York, saying that is what the king himself wanted.
Mr Justice Haddon-Cave told the Plantagenet Alliance at a hearing in London: "The archaeological discovery of the mortal remains of a former King of England after 500 years is without precedent.
"In my judgment, it is plainly arguable that there was a duty at common law to consult widely as to how and where Richard III's remains should appropriately be re-interred.
"I grant permission to the claimant to bring judicial review proceedings against the Secretary of State for Justice and the University of Leicester on all grounds."
The judge urged both parties to treat the matter with care.
"It is ironic that the Wars of the Roses appear to be returning whence they started, the Temple.
"Legend has it that John Beaufort and Richard Plantagenet picked the symbolic red and white roses in Inner and Middle Temple gardens.
"I would, however, urge the parties to avoid embarking on the (legal) Wars of the Roses Part 2.
"In my view, it would be unseemly, undignified and unedifying to have a legal tussle over these royal remains.
"This would not be appropriate, or in the country's interests.
"The discovery of Richard III's remains engages interests beyond those of the immediate parties, and touches on Sovereign, State and Church.
"For these reasons, I would strongly recommend that parties immediately consider referring the fundamental question - as to where and how Richard III is reburied - to an independent advisory panel made up of suitable experts and Privy Councillors, who can consult and receive representations from all interested parties and make suitable recommendations with reasonable speed."
Richard was killed at the battle of Bosworth in 1485 and was hurriedly buried in the church of the Greyfriars in Leicester, which was subsequently lost during redevelopment.