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Richard III's bones show car park king's lavish lifestyle

King Richard III's skeleton after being found underneath the council car park Credit: University of Leicester

Scientists have revealed previously unknown details about King Richard III's lifestyle after cutting edge research into his bones.

The joint work by the British Geological Survey in Keyworth in Nottingham and the University of Leicester, used a process called Isotope analysis, testing for chemical structures to give clues about where Richard III lived at certain times of his life, and the food he was eating at the time.

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

By looking at the teeth, a femur and a rib, the scientists saw a change in the king's diet from childhood, to when he would have eaten lavishly in later life after being crowned king..

Dr Angela Lamb, Isotope Geochemist and lead author of the paper said:

"The chemistry of Richard III's teeth and bones reveal changes in his geographical movements, diet and social status throughout his life."

– Dr Angela Lamb

The finding from the research will feature in a Channel 4 documentary tonight at 9pm.

Last Bosworth battle before Richard III's reburial

Archers during last year's reenactment Credit: ITV News Central

Today will be the last Battle of Bosworth reenactment before King Richard III will be reburied in Leicester.

This year marks the 529th anniversary of the famous battle which saw the death of Richard III and the birth of the all-powerful Tudor dynasty under a new king, Henry VII.

It was a mystery what happened to the king's remains after the battle, until in 2012 his bones were unearthed underneath a council car park in Leicester city centre attracting worldwide media attention.

His remains will now be reinterred at Leicester Cathedral in March 2015.

Richard Blunt, Leicestershire County Council's cabinet member for heritage, said:

"We've extended the battle arena this year as there has been a terrific demand from re-enactors to take part. It should be a spectacular sight as there's a lot more going on - but we've also frozen prices for another year."

– Richard Blunt, Leicestershire County Council

The reenactment will take place on today and tomorrow at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park, Sutton Cheney.


When Richard III's remains will be reburied set to be revealed

We'll find out later when Richard III's remains will be reburied at Leicester Cathedral. Credit: PA Wire

We'll find out later when Richard III's remains will be reburied at Leicester Cathedral.

Work's starting there ahead of the reinterment almost two years after the bones were found underneath a council car park in the city.

Richard III: reinterment work to begin at Leicester Cathedral

The reinterment of Richard III's bones is expected to take place in Spring 2015 Credit: PA Wire

Work will start today at Leicester Cathedral ahead of the planned reinterment of King Richard III's remains.

The king was found beneath a car park in Leicester in 2012.

The date for the reburial is yet to be revealed.

In May relatives of the king lost a High Court battle to have him reburied in York.


New Richard III sculpture unveiled at Leicester Cathedral

The Bishop of Leicester has described a new sculpture which was unveiled at the opening of Leicester Cathedral's new gardens.

The Bishop of Leicester, Reverend Tim Stephens, was speaking at the opening of the city's Cathedral gardens Credit: ITV News Central

Reverend Tim Stephens, said:

The sculpture comprises steel plates which take us on a journey through the events of that day when Richard III was killed at the battle of Bosworth... We see the silhouette of the king mounted on a horse, falling from his horse, engaged in battle, finally slain and removed from the battlefield.

The new sculpture is part of a £2.5 million project to transform the city's Cathedral Quarter Credit: ITV News Central

Government urged to meet church leaders ahead of King Richard III reburial

King Richard III will be re-buried at Leicester Cathedral next year. Credit: PA Wire

The MP for York Central has urged the Government to hold a meeting with civic and church leaders from both Leicester and York, to ensure King Richard III's funeral does not exclude those from the North of England.

Hugh Bayley asked the Civil Liberties Minister Simon Hughes to attend a discussion about the King's reburial but he refused saying the matter had already come before the courts.

The King's remains will be re-buried at Leicester Cathedral next year.

Facelift for Richard III statue

The Richard III statue has been restored and polished by a firm in Lincolnshire Credit: ITV News Central

Richard III is back. His statue which was first unveiled in 1980 has been fully restored and moved to a new home.

Richard III statue returns to Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

It was removed from Castle Gardens in Leicester last month and has been unveiled at Cathedral Gardens.

Spot the difference: Statue before restoration work took place Credit: Leicester City Council
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