“Well, it’s the King actually!”
And it is, so there’s an even better reason to throttle one more Blackadder joke out of the hunt for Richard III’s remains.
Yes, they’ve found him. At a press conference today, researchers confirmed a DNA match for the long lost skeleton of the last British monarch to die in battle.
Excellently, he was buried all this time under a parking lot, an ignominious end after copping an axe to the head in The Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.
The parking lot was once part of the Franciscan friary known as Grey Friars. And the skeleton had the telltale signs – skull cleaved, spine curved and barbed arrowhead wedged in the skeleton’s backbone.
And not just cleaved – the skull had been hit EIGHT TIMES.
Dr Jo Appleby says although the head injuries appear alarming, it was clear Dick wasn’t wearing his helmet, naughty boy. If he had, he might well have survived, she said.
All that remained was to match the DNA with Richard III’s sister’s descendant, Canadian-born Michael Ibsen.
Today – bingo.
This from lead archaeologist Richard Buckley: “(We can confirm) beyond reasonable doubt the individual exhumed at Grey Friars on September 12th is indeed Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England.”
It all got a bit too emotional for King Richard’s nephew…
But he composed himself almost immediately…
And here’s what his uncle’s skeleton looks like. Note the spine like a silly straw.
And according to one team member, the body was very nearly destroyed completely when someone started building a lav over it in the 19th century.
Richard Taylor, deputy registrar of the University of Leicester which aided in the hunt, said the body will be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral.