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The face of Richard III revealed

Report by Katie Lamborn, Video by Ashley Fudge

A facial reconstruction of Richard III was unveiled on Tuesday showing the last Plantagenet king as a "living and breathing" monarch following the discovery of his skeleton in a council car park.

The bust shows Richard, who was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, with a large chin and nose, thin lips and prominent cheekbones and one shoulder higher than the other - as suggested by his spinal curvature.

The scientific reconstruction was created by experts at Dundee University, based on a CT scan of the remains which were found in an archaeological dig in September in the choir of the Grey Friars Church in the city.

The discovery, one of the most dramatic archaeological finds in recent history, has been confirmed "beyond reasonable doubt" to be that of the king.

Richard III enthusiasts hailed the reconstruction as revealing a "more pleasant" looking Richard than those of contemporary portraits and "far removed" from the image of the cold-blooded villain portrayed by Shakespeare.

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