Researchers said there is a ‘highly conclusive case’ that the battle-damaged remains found in a Leicester car park belonged to the 15th-century monarch.
Scientists today revealed that a skeleton discovered under a car park in Leicester is that of King Richard III.
Researchers sensationally discovered a skull under the social services car park in September while hunting for the former king’s final resting place.
They had previously said there was ‘strong circumstantial evidence’ to suggest the bones are those of the 15th-century monarch, but experts were finally able to disclose the results of much-anticipated tests on the remains today.
The skeleton had a metal arrowhead lodged in its spine, along with other injuries matching those which Richard III sustained when he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
The remains also had signs of ‘battle trauma’ and scoliosis – the spinal condition which gave the medieval monarch his infamous hunched back.
Richard III was the last English monarch to die in battle, after being defeated by an army led by Henry Tudor.
Historical records state that his body was taken 15 miles to Leicester, where it was displayed as proof of his death before then being buried in the Franciscan friary.
Experts today said that in making the ‘momentous’ find, they had ‘unlocked a 500-year-old mystery’.
They revealed their findings this morning in front of almost 150 journalists from around the world.
Initial examinations showed the bones to be those of an adult male and the remains were said to be in a good condition.