The remains found under a parking lot in Leicester are indeed those of Richard III.
The identity was confirmed by tests conducted comparing DNA from the remains and those of Richard III’s nearest living relative, Michael Ibsen, a Canadian who descends directly from Richard III’s sister Anne.
Richard III is 1st cousin, 24 times removed to my children, who directly descend from Richard III’s uncle and brother to Richard III’s mother Cecily de Neville, Richard de Neville, Earl of Salisbury.
After Richard III died in a battle at Bosworth Field, Henry VII, the victor, put his body on display, afterward burying him in Grey Friars monastery. The monastery having later been destroyed, the location of Richard III’s burial remained a mystery thereafter – until now.
With the support of donations to the Richard III Society, research led to the parking lot in Leicester where the remains were discovered. The skeleton will be reburied at Leicester Cathedral and a tomb erected in his honor.
It’s amazing to realize how much DNA has opened up the world to us – both past and present. Through DNA, we can answer questions we once thought impossible to answer.
Now I’m seriously thinking of looking into DNA testing for myself and my husband to confirm relationships proven as much as possible through research alone. DNA could be the ultimate tool to resolve those brick walls where we believe in a relationship but can find no definitive proof.