The Chapter of York has maintained a neutral position regarding Richard III's reinterment, based on the current legal position. The Ministry of Justice granted the University of Leicester the authority to determine the place where the body from Greyfriars would be reinterred.
The Chapter of York understands the strong feeling of some people in York, Yorkshire and beyond that Richard III is significant to the history of the County and that therefore his body ought to be returned. York MP Hugh Bayley has today raised the issue in Parliament, voicing these concerns and aiming to secure a review of the license through the appropriate channels now that the identity of Richard III has been confirmed.
We are working closely with other organisations in York to celebrate the life of Richard III over the course of the next 12 months. Richard III is remembered fondly in the city, and so we are pleased that City of York Council, York Minster, the University of York, York Museums Trust, the Richard III Society and the king’s descendants are working together in this way. We welcome the chance to involve York Minster’s archives and building to support commemorations of Richard III who is remembered here in stained glass, in our historic records and through the investiture of his son as Prince of Wales.