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Those of you who have been following the Richard III story may be interested in the latest research by the University of Leicester. There are a couple of very useful videos explaining the research; I would recommend the longer one as it provides a more detailed explanation. The shorter one is an extract of the longer one focusing on the issue of the break in the male line.


008 Wendy Duldig_Michael Ibsen_University of Leicester Wendy Duldig and Michael Ibsen, maternal-line relatives of Richard III. Image credit: University of Leicester.

An international research team led by Dr Turi King from the University of Leicester Department of Genetics has published overwhelming evidence that the skeleton discovered under a car park in Leicester indeed represents the remains of King Richard III, thereby closing what is probably the oldest forensic case solved to date.

The team of researchers, including Professor of English Local History, Kevin Schürer, who is also Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Leicester, who led the genealogical research for the project, has published their findings online today (Tuesday 2 December) in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications.

The research reveals:

  • DNA evidence from Grey Friars skeleton 1 matches two of Richard III’s maternal-line relatives; Wendy Duldig, Richard III’s grandniece 18 times removed and Michael Ibsen, grandnephew of Richard III, 16 times remove.  Wendy and Michael are…

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