Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby stated Monday that the king's remains would be reinterred at Leicester's St. Martin's Cathedral, just a stone's throw away from where the skeleton was discovered.
And he also emphasized what may prove to be the chief obstacle to York's claims -- that the license granted by the Ministry of Justice to the team of experts who disinterred the monarch anticipates his reburial in Leicester.
According to the mayor, the terms of the license state: "The remains shall, no later than August 31, 2014, be deposited at Jewry Wall Museum or else be reinterred at St Martin's Cathedral, or in a burial ground in which interments may legally take place."
"Having lain in the shadow of Leicester Cathedral for over 500 years, it is fitting that he should now finally be laid to rest here," Soulsby said of Richard III.
The Jewry Wall Museum, only a short distance from the cathedral and the Greyfriars parking lot, houses medieval relics and ancient Roman ruins on its grounds.
Speaking Tuesday in London, as a lifelike reconstruction of the monarch's head was revealed, the chairman of the Richard III Society said the design for a tomb would be revealed in the next couple of weeks.
Chairman Dr. Phil Stone said that it was based on Richard's life and that a team of "Ricardians," as people interested in rehabilitating his reputation are known, had been involved.
The society has received two donations for the tomb so far, he said -- one worth 10,000 British pounds.
The society, which believes the monarch has been unfairly maligned by history and in particular the Tudors who ousted him, backed the efforts to find Richard's remains, spearheaded by member and screenwriter Philippa Langley.
Their dream came true when scientists announced Monday that DNA testing had established that the skeleton was indeed that of Richard III.