In an unprecedented legal battle, relatives who make up the Plantagenet Alliance asked three judges to rule that Mr Grayling is under a legal duty to set up a wide-ranging public consultation exercise to decide the question.
Their counsel Gerard Clarke argued the Queen and royal household should be at the top of the list of consultees, and it should include the distant relatives themselves as well as general members of the public.
Mr Clarke said the issue was important as the last English king to die in battle "is not just any old bones". Government QC James Eadie told the court Mr Grayling was "under no statutory or common law duty to consult".
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