King Richard III Remains Found

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Researchers say a skeleton buried under a parking lot in Leicester belongs to a famous King, King Richard III.

Where he was buried had been a mystery for over 500 years.

The skeleton had 10 wounds, eight of which were to the head clearly inflicted on the battlefield. Now, by studying the shape of his skull, they’ve created a facial reconstruction of how he might have looked.

It reveals that the famous King, who’s location was a mystery for centuries, had a prominent chin and an arched nose!

The skeleton was found in September last year, but only now can researchers confirm that it is King Richard III. The reason it took years to confirm is because the team had to go to great lengths to prove it was him.

One of the tests involved finding a living relative of Richard so they could match the DNA found on the bones.

The king will now be buried again at Leicester Cathedral.

Facts about Richard III

• Richard III was the last Yorkist King of England, this means he was the last member of the House of York family to be made king.

• Richard had one of the shortest reigns in British history – just over 2 years, and he was the last English king to die in battle.

• He was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

• Richard III has been painted as a villain. It’s said he killed his two nephews so he could take the throne.

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