Press Release: Leicester Cathedral responds to statement from Plantagenet Alliance

Leicester Cathedral have this week announced our preliminary plans for the tomb, and its location within the church, that will mark the permanent resting place for the mortal remains of King Richard III in the Cathedral from next year. We have engaged in discussion about this with many individuals, societies and institutions over these past months and are unaware of any attempt made by the Plantagenet Alliance over that period to engage in dialogue or discussion with us. It is the Alliance who have brought the threat of litigation into the situation, by their application to the courts to request Judicial Review.

Meanwhile the Cathedral are planning, along with many others, to comply with the law as expressed in the licence issued by the Ministry of Justice. We are concerned to do this in a timely and appropriate fashion and have therefore sent a letter to the court requesting consideration of expedition of the Alliance’s request.

The Cathedral note that the Judicial Review may consider the process involved in the issuing of the licence but cannot make determinations about other matters, in particular about the final outcome of that decision. Therefore Leicester continues to plan to ensure that the King is buried with dignity following the requirements of Her Majesty’s Law and in compliance with the best archeological and ecclesiastical practice. We look forward to welcoming the whole country from north, south, east and west to visit the place where the King will at last lie in dignified peace.

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.