Ancient remains dug up in a Leicester council car park have been confirmed as belonging to King Richard III, who ruled England from 1452 to 1485.
The University of Leicester archaeologists who discovered the skeleton five months ago announced the news at a press conference this morning, describing the find as "truly astonishing."
Richard Buckley, lead archaeologist said: "The individual exhumed at Grey Friars is indeed Richard III."
The University of Leicester has released an image of the first full picture of the uncovered skeleton thought to be Richard III, ahead a news conference this morning to confirm whether or not the remains belong to the late king.
The scientists now start to give their evidence, starting with Lead Archeologist Richard Buckley.
He describes how challenging it was to find the burial site, given the modern day building works and how he chose where to start digging.
They started digging on 25th August 2012 and quickly found archeological remains including tile flooring.
The skeleton found had two distinctive traits - curvature of the spine and evidence of trauma to the skull.
"Today we bear witness to history. What we are about to tell you is truly astonishing, please allow us the time to explain it properly".
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The University of Leicester have described the possibility of finding the remains of Richard III as "a historic moment."
In a statement, the university said:
"We have exhumed one fully articulated skeleton. Found in what was believed to be in the choir of the church. It is of significant interest to us."
"We are not saying today that we have found Richard III, what we are saying is that the search has entered a new phase.
"This skeleton has characteristics that warrants further detailed examination."
"We have all been witness to a powerful and history story unfolding before our eyes.
"This is potentially a historic moment for the University and the City of Leicester."
The remains have been found under a social services car park in Leicester
The body of King Richard III has "possibly" been found under a social services council car park in Leicester, according to the University of Leicester.
The university says that it has found a skeleton that shares his characteristics.
The University of Leicester have announced the discovery of human remains in the Abbey where it is believed that Richard III was buried, more details of the find will be announced later today.
What we have uncovered is truly remarkable and today we will be announcing to the world that the search for King Richard III has taken a dramatic new turn.
This discovery adds a whole new dimension to a search which has already far exceeded our expectations. This is exciting news and I know that people across the world will be waiting to hear more about the University's find.
Human remains have been found in the search for the grave of Richard III.
A team from the University of Leicester is leading the archaeological search for the burial place of King Richard III with Leicester City Council after determining the site of the site of the medieval Franciscan friary known as Grey Friars where he was believed to have been buried.
Although no identification of the remains has yet been made.
Michael Ibsen told ITV News Correspondent Stephen Douglas, that he is 'overwhelmed' that standing in a council car park in Leicester he could be standing near the grave of his famous ancestor: