Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Canadian Connection to Richard III

Have researchers at the University of Leicester found the remains of Richard III?

Since August, I have been following the fascinating story about Richard III and his Canadian 17th generation grand nephews and niece.

Researchers from the University of Leicester have been digging at the site of Grey Friars Church with the hope of finding human remains. Recently, a grave was discovered beneath the church. The researchers are currently analyzing the remains. There is strong evidence the corpse could be Richard III. According to Leicester University director of corporate affairs, Richard Taylor "the skeleton displayed spinal abnormalities consistent with contemporary accounts of Richard's appearance."
However, the real proof is Canadian. The Canadian connection to Richard III comes from his 16th generation grand-niece, Joy Ibsen. Ibsen was born in England and immigrated to Canada after World War II. Her children have taken DNA tests which confirm they have mtDNA that matches Richard III's mother, Cecily Neville, Duchess of York. The Ibsens are direct descendants of Richard III's eldest sister, Anne of York.

It will be a few months before the tests are complete, and the results revealed. In the meantime, you can follow this story as well.

Canadian family holds genetic key to Richard III puzzle
Canadian's DNA key to confirming whether new found corpse is Richard III
Richard III dig:'Strong evidence' bones are lost king
Canadians DNA sought to prove human remains belong to King Richard III

Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2012.