WITH a large chin, a prominent, slightly-arched nose and delicate lips, the "face" of England's King Richard III was unveiled yesterday, a day after researchers confirmed that remains found last September underneath a parking lot in Leicester were indeed that of the last English king to die in battle, in 1485.
Devotees of Richard, who have long campaigned to restore his reputation, proudly revealed a 3D reconstruction of his head, introducing him to reporters as "His Grace Richard Plantagenet, King of England and France, Lord of Ireland". They said the face appeared sympathetic and noble – not that of a man denounced as a deformed monster who murdered the "Princes in the Tower".
A 3D computer image of the face was first created based on a scan taken of Richard's skeleton after it was found in a shallow grave in the remains of a friary church, now located under a council car park. This was then made into a plastic model.
Our picture by Gareth Fuller shows Michael Ibsen, a descendant of the king, with the model at the Society of Antiquaries, London.