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'Fatal' injuries found on skull of Richard III

Richard III died at the Battle of Bosworth Credit: PA

The blow to the head which is likely to have killed King Richard the third in battle is revealed in a new film today.

It shows what scientists have called the 'eureka moment' when they discovered traumatic injuries to the King's skull.

Scientists at the University of Leicester analyse the injuries Credit: University of Leicester

Pathologists at the University of Leicester believe the blows may have been inflicted by a sword or a spiked weapon.

Professor Sarah Hainsworth from the University of Leicester told ITV News either of the two injuries found to the base of the skull "would have been fatal".


Richard III visitor centre 'one of best new tourist attractions' in the world

The King Richard III visitor centre in Leicester has been named one of the best new tourist attractions in the world.

King Richard III Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Travel experts from Lonely Planet singled out the £4 million centre for its innovative exhibits which showcase King Richard's life and times and the science behind identifying his remains.

A display inside the new visitor centre Credit: ITV News Central

The centre has opened following the unearthing of the remains of Richard III, who died in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

The centre features in a list of 26 of the "world's hottest new experiences for 2015" in an ebook published by Lonely Planet.

This attraction, dedicated to one of our most legendary monarchs, truly puts Leicester on the map for anyone interested in England's dramatic past.

– Lonely Planet’s Destination Editor for Great Britain James Smart

Injuries of King Richard III in Battle of Bosworth revealed

New research by the University of Leicester has revealed the injuries inflicted on King Richard III during the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

According to the findings, three of his injuries had the potential to cause death quickly - a blow to the skull and one to the pelvis.

King Richard III's skull Credit: University of Leicester

The remains of King Richard were found under a car park in Leicester.

CT scans were used in the process of analysing the bones.

Reinterment of King Richard III services announced

Richard III's skeleton in-situ during the excavation of the Greyfriar's car park Credit: University of Leicester

The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Archbishop of Canterbury will both be taking part in services in Leicester Cathedral to mark the reinterment of King Richard III, it has been announced.

This means the most senior clergy of both the Church of England and the Catholic Church in the country will be present as the former monarch is laid to rest during a week of events from 22nd - 28th March next year.

Since the discovery of the body of Richard III in 2012, the Anglican Diocese of Leicester and the Catholic Diocese of Nottingham have worked closely to ensure that his reinterment in Leicester Cathedral, the mediaeval parish church of Leicester, will be celebrated with dignity and prayer.

Following his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, the body of Richard III was buried near the altar of the Greyfriars' church in Leicester.

Although the church was destroyed during the Reformation, the last Plantagenet Monarch lay there in peace until the excavations that led to the exhumation of his body in 2012.

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