Richard III was not the "bunch-backed toad" described by Shakespeare and was hardly affected by his famous deformity, a study has shown.
Relatives of Richard III, whose body was unearthed in Leicester, have won the right to challenge plans to rebury his remains in the city.
A facial reconstruction of King Richard III is on display today in Leicester's Guildhall on the first stop of a nationwide tour.
800 tickets have already been bought for Leicester's Richard III Visitor Centre two weeks before it opens.
The new King Richard III Visitor Centre on Peacock Lane will offer access to the King's original burial site. It will tell the story of his death and his discovery 500 years later.
More than 100,000 people are expected through its doors in its first year of operation, bringing an estimated £4.5 million to the local economy.
Bosses at the £4 million attraction say they are pleased with the uptake.
Enthusiasts of Richard III have said a study examining his spine has shown the Shakespearean description of him as a "bunch-backed toad" is a "complete fabrication".
Scientists from the University of Leicester's School of Archaelogy and Ancient History produced a 3D reconstruction of the king's spine after his skeleton was found beneath a Leicester car park.
Dr Phil Stone, chairman of the Richard III Society, said it is "yet more proof that, while the plays are splendid dramas, they are also most certainly fiction not fact."
A study has shown King Richard III was not the "hunchback toad" described by Shakespeare, and was hardly affected by his spinal deformity.
Scientists who scanned his spine found that it had a "well balanced curve", that could have been concealed by clothes or armour.
Hunchback depictions have been seen on stage and on screen, but his head would not have been straight and not to one side, and no evidence of a limp was found. These findings are also supported by accounts written when Richard III was alive.
Dr Phil Stone, chairman of the Richard III Society, said:
Examination of Richard III's remains shows that he had scoliosis, thus confirming that the Shakespearean description of a 'hunch-backed toad' is a complete fabrication - yet more proof that, while the plays are splendid dramas, they are also most certainly fiction not fact.
History tells us that Richard III was a great warrior. Clearly, he was little inconvenienced by his spinal problem and accounts of his appearance, written when he was alive, tell that he was 'of person and bodily shape comely enough'.
The lawyer who spearheaded Richard III's descendants' legal challenge has described the High Court decision as "highly regrettable".
Matthew Howarth, partner at Yorkshire law firm Gordons, said his clients were now considering appealing against the ruling.
Mr Howarth said: "We obviously respect and accept today's verdict, and are grateful to have had the opportunity to raise this matter before the courts, but are naturally disappointed at the decision, which we regard as highly regrettable."
Work has begun on the King Richard III cathedral gardens in Leicester. The centre is located on the site where the remains of the former Plantagenet King were found buried in a grave in September 2012.
The centre is due to open later this Summer.
The High Court has ruled that the University of Leicester does have the rights to bury King Richard III's remain in the city's cathedral.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has blasted Plantagenet Alliance, the group who fought to have Richard III buried in York, for wasting taxpayers money.
He said he was pleased with the High Court's decision to rebury the King's remains in Leicester, where they were found.
He added: "I am frustrated and angry that the Plantagenet Alliance - a group with tenuous claims to being relatives of Richard III - have taken up so much time and public money."
The Dean of Leicester, The Very Reverend David Monteith, said:
"This is a day to open the champagne that's been sat in my fridge. Let's just rejoice that the judgement has come."
The University of Leicester says its work is 'undisputed' after the High Court ruled the University does have the rights to bury King Richard III's remain in the city's cathedral.
– University of Leicester spokesperson
This is a victory for common sense and justice and it upholds the norms and agreed practice for archaeological excavations.
King Richard III received a Christian burial in Leicester over 500 years ago and it is only right, now that the Church where he was buried has been destroyed, that he is reinterred in the Cathedral in the same parish with honour and dignity.
The fact that the University of Leicester discovered the King through the expertise of its archaeological work and subsequent scientific investigation is undisputed.
The King's remains were discovered buried under a council car park in Leicester in 2012 by archaeologists.
The Leicester City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, said:
"After the frustration of recent months it is now in the hands of the Cathedral to make proper provision for the re-interment of Richard III, and that his remains would be laid in a tomb fit for a king."