02/10/2013 07:19 BST | Updated 02/10/2013 07:22 BST

Richard III Remains Battle Rages On Between Leicester And York, On The 561st Anniversary Of His Birth

Battles for the remains of Richard III on the anniversary of his birth

On this day back in 1452, King Richard III was born.

The last Plantagenet king, who was born at Fotheringhay, Northants, would surely not have expected to be still causing a furore in 2013.

But that is precisely what is happening, as York and Leicester continue to tussle for his remains.

Rival petitions have been prepared, with each attracting more than 20,000 signatures.

Meanwhile, a group called the The Plantagenet Alliance, which claims to represent the king's descendants, has secured a judicial review of the decision to have him reinterred in Leicester, where his remains were discovered under a car park.

The alliance is firmly in the York camp.

With all this going on, it may be a while before the king can truly rest in peace.

Happy 561st birthday, your majesty.