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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Devotees of Richard III unveil his 'noble face'

Published 06/02/2013 | 04:00

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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.

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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.

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