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Skeleton found in Leicester car park confirmed to be of king Richard III’s

Tuesday - Feb 05, 2013, 03:26pm (GMT+5.5)
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London - DNA tests have confirmed that the skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park last year is that of English king Richard III, who died in the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

Experts from the University of Leicester said DNA from the bones matched that of descendants of the monarch's family, the BBC reported.

The skeleton is 'beyond reasonable doubt' the remains of Richard III, lead archaeologist Richard Buckley, from the University of Leicester, told a press conference.

Richard was a royal prince until the death of his brother Edward IV in 1483. Appointed as protector of his nephew, Edward V, Richard instead assumed the reins of power.

Edward and his brother Richard, known as the Princes in the Tower, disappeared soon after. Rumours circulated they had been murdered on the orders of their uncle.

Challenged by Henry Tudor, Richard was killed at Bosworth in 1485 after only two years on the throne.

He was given a hurried burial beneath the church of Greyfriars in the centre of Leicester.

Richard will be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral.


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