Skeleton is confirmed as King Richard III

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A skeleton found under a Leicester car park has been confirmed as being that of the last monarch to stay in Scarborough - King Richard III.

Experts this morning revealed DNA from the bones were a direct match to that of descendants of the King’s family.

King Richard III was the last English monarch to stay in Scarborough and the last to favour the town and its people with extraordinary privileges.

During the short time he was allowed, he strengthened the harbour defences, re-inforced its two gateways at Newborough and Oldborough Bars, and began to build a stone wall between them.

According to his charter of 1485, Scarborough was to become a county, a borough status enjoyed only by London, Norwich, Bristol and York, its new mayor an admiral of the coast and its seaport independent of Hull was a monopoly of wool exports out of North Yorkshire.

Richard’s defeat and death at Bosworth in 1485 was therefore a disaster for Scarborough. His charter was revoked by his Tudor successor, Henry VII, and the town and port continued to decline for the next century until eventually rescued by sea-coal and Thomas in Farrer’s remarkable discovery.

The King’s grave was lost when the church around it was demolished in the 16th Century.

It has been confirmed the bones will be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral, yards from where they were found.