Granting a judicial review of the case, Haddon-Cave noted that "the benefit in terms of prestige and increased tourism... is obvious. It is said that the foot-fall at Leicester Cathedral has increased 20-fold since the discovery."
Sitting in a quiet corner of the Cathedral Close with his wife Julia, waiting for a tour to begin, Leicestershire local -- but Yorkshire native -- Peter Farnworth believes that's another reason why the bones should stay close to where they were found.
"York has oodles and oodles of tourist attractions," he explained. "Leicester doesn't have many, and if it loses Richard, it will have one less."
The Plantagenet Alliance, though, insist that money has nothing to do with their case.
"My clients have no commercial interest in it," says Howarth. "They won't gain out of any tourism, but they have a very strong view that Richard's links to the north of England, and to York in particular, mean that he should be buried here."
For Toy, it comes down to the question of what the king himself would have wanted.
"As far as we can tell, as far as we have any idea of where he wanted to be buried himself, it seems to be in York," he told CNN. "There's a sense that Richard III is a king who has had a bad press -- an unfair bad press -- and that responding as far as we can to his known wishes would slightly even things up a bit."