Leicester Cathedral has called for the judicial review into the reinterment of Richard III to be speeded up.

A submission from the Dean of Leicester, the Very Reverend David Monteith, to the national Administrative Court requests that the process should be expedited and the case heard as soon as possible.

The Dean said today: “We are proud to have the privilege to re-inter Richard III and we are working to ensure this is done in a timely manner that honours him as befits both his Kingship and his humanity.

“We know the University of Leicester has a very strong case to defend the challenge to the terms of the licence and we feel it should be heard at the earliest opportunity.”

The judicial review follows a challenge by an organisation called the Plantagenet Alliance against the licence granted to the University that says any human remains from the Greyfriars dig should be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral.