Body of Richard III, found under parking lot, to be reburied in Leicester, England

The court overruled a request to have him reburied in the city of York.
By Ed Adamczyk   |   May 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, May 23 (UPI) -- The body of England's King Richard III, found in 2012 under the pavement of a parking lot, will be interred in Leicester Cathedral, a court ruled Friday.

London's Royal Courts of Justice ruled the body of the king, who died in battle in 1485, will be reburied in the cathedral near where it was discovered. A group called the Plantagenet Alliance, of people who claim to be related to the monarch, argued it was the king's wish to be buried in the city of York. Judges upheld the original plan of archaeologists to rebury the bodies of anyone they uncovered on the presumed battle site in Leicester's cathedral.

Richard III died in the Battle of Bosworth, the last English king to die in combat. Archaeologists noted he had a violent death, with eight head wounds and two more to the body, and a cut to his jaw evidently made by a knife or dagger. A hole in the top of his skull indicated a penetrating injury.

The city of Leicester has made plans for his tomb in the cathedral, as well as a visitor center at the parking lot where he was discovered.

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