Richard III judicial review kicks off at last

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  • It is a great day for justice when a set of people pretending to be related to a long dead king get to go to court claiming they have a right to decide that the bones should be buried in a slightly prettier city.

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  • Anon @ 9:41 - I think you've missed the point by a country mile there.

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  • Nope, I think Anon @ 9:41 pretty much nailed it. Still, all adds to the gaiety of nations.

    I couldn't help but notice that the MoJ are the only party to have instructed a silk. Glad to see Chris Grayling's fierce commitment to saving costs is going so well.

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  • Madness indeed but this was Richard of York not some place in the East Midlands that could not care less and let's nor forget that York has a museum in the city walls dedicated to King Richard. Moronic to suggest he interred anywhere else.

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  • Good point, John H, but you are being too generous to the MoJ. James Eadie QC is not just any silk - he is First Treasury Counsel, and the Government pays him a significantly higher hourly rate than they pay to other QCs. Not only that, because of the PCO in this case, they will not even be able to recover his fees from the other side if they succeed. This is a shocking waste of public money.

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  • There are several places where Richard III should be buried - York, Westminster Abbey, or the family tombs as it will be a tourist attraction that will bring in funds that should be used to maintain and repair the burial site chosen - if there are truly any living descendants, their wishes should be taken into consideration

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  • I cannot decide if this is a comedy, a tragedy or a farce.

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  • So if Prince Charles died today, would he have to be buried in Wales?

    This could be a far reaching judgment...

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  • He was Richard of Gloucester actually. His father was Richard of York.

    York's claim is based on Richard's affinity with the city, long-acknowledged, not because of any title.

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  • Born in the midlands, died in the midlands and buried in the midlands. He was NOT Richard of York, he was the Duke of Gloucester before becoming King. There are no records of his burial wishes despite what some want us to believe. Richard III has NO descendants. This small group seem to think they are royalty but have no more status than millions upon millions worldwide. The whole thing is a sham and, sadly, many gullible people have been taken in by the propaganda and have fallen for the media inspired denigration of the city of Leicester. 'York' is no more than a family title and not connected with the city of York. Prince Andrew is the current Duke of York so shall be bury him there ?? The York family mausoleum is in Fortheringhay, Northants. Richard III was buried in Leicester Greyfriars by the servants of the new King Henry VII who some 10 years later paid for a tomb to mark the grave. His nearest relatives had ample opportunity to move his remains in the following years of his death if they felt it appropriate but to now move them anywhere else on the whim of a 21st century mindset cannot be allowed to happen. The remains must stay in Leicester to preserve our history and heritage.

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