York calls for Richard III’s burial wishes to be respected

5 Feb 2013 @ 3.58 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

Kersten England, Chief Executive of City of York Council, said: “We congratulate the University of Leicester on their work around the excavation and analysis and welcome this opportunity to work with our colleagues in Leicester on building closer educational and promotional links.

“Based at the King’s Manor as first Lord President of the Council of the North and as king, Richard III had – as now – very strong support in the city. His self-identification with the north and York is reflected in his plans for a chantry of 100 priests in York Minster where he wished to be buried.

“That the burial site of this Yorkist king was determined by where he died from battle wounds makes the importance of adhering to his own wishes for his final resting place most important.

“City of York Council and all its political leaders are united in the belief that York is the most fitting burial place for Richard III, one of the city’s most famous and cherished sons. To this end, we will be writing a letter of representation to the Ministry of Justice and the Crown to invite their consideration of the views of Richard of York’s own people.”

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