It would not be legally permissible to bury Richard III in York Minster…
…according to Rev. Pete Hobson of Leicester Cathedral. He mentions this in passing in this piece about the Yorkshire Post's bizarrely belated campaign to have RIII buried at York Minster but regrettably gives no further details. Here's what he says:
'Of course York Minster is a great and glorious building. Of course it’s historic and attracts vast numbers of tourists and visitors. No doubt an extra king buried in there (were it legally permissible – which by the way we understand it’s not) would do all that nothing but good. And similarly, no doubt a reburial in Leicester Cathedral will do our city’s tourism offer no harm. But that’s not the point – is it? This is not about one city battling another – let alone one Cathedral taking up arms against another. We have nothing but good things to say about our colleagues up there. And they about us, as far as I’m aware!’
If he’s right (and it’s a big ‘if’ as he hasn’t shown us his evidence), the alternatives to a Leicester burial are becoming ever-smaller. After all, Westminster Abbey (a popular choice amongst enthusiastic Ricardians) is an impossibility; it’s full up and now only allows ashes to be interred there.