LIVE UPDATES: Richard III DNA results announced - Leicester University reveals identity of human remains found in car park
Is the skeleton found in a Leicester city car park King Richard III?
Today the University of Leicester will announce its verdict on the identity of the Grey Friars skeleton.
We'll provide live coverage as the world's media gathers at Leicester University. The press conference will start at 10am with presentations by researchers from the University of Leicester.
You can also follow us and join in the debate on tweet us @thisisleics using #richardIII and you can add your comments to our live feed.
11.17am: Press conference ends
11.10am: Press questions
“What are the chances of it not being him – you said ‘beyond reasonable doubt'?”
Dr King – DNA is quite a rare type – just a few per cent of population have it. But with archaeological evidence it is very very very unlikely that it is just a coincidence.
“Is it appropriate for him to be buried at the cathedral?”
David Monteith – it’s very appropriate. There are lots of monarchs in C of E churches.
"Can we have more information about the anonymous second female line descendant?"
Prof Schurer – no more info! Not even the country!
More about reinterrment
David Monteith – “We assume that any medieval monarch who had a burial within a friary church would have had a burial with the rights of the church.
"Therefore this person already has had a funeral. So what we are doing will not be a funeral. It will be a reinterrment and a major thanksgiving service. Precise details are yet to be established.“
"How much did it cost?"
£34k was original budget – but a lot had to be saved to reinstate the car park. Digging budget was at the beginning only £15-16k. More has since been provided!
11am: Phillipa Langley thanks the city council for letting the team dig up its car park!
10.59am: Phillipa Langley said the tomb has been designed, and the design has been welcomed by the Richard III Society, Leicester Cathedral and Leicester City Council. It will be revealed in coming weeks.
“We have searched for Richard and we have found him. It is now time to honour him.”
10.57am: Phillipa Langley, from the Richard III Society, takes to the stage: “Wow. Today marks the culmination of an extraordinary journey of discovery.
“Everyone thought that I was mad. It’s not the easiest pitch in the world to look for a king under a council car park.”
10.54am: Sarah Knight, from the university's School of English, talked about literature about Richard III, and asked why people said he had a withered arm, when the skeleton shows that was not true.
“This discovery will help scholars think differently about the relationship between literature and history.”
10.49am: David Monteith, the Canon Chancellor Leicester Cathedral - planning will begin for Richard III's final burial at the cathedral.
He talked about how the city welcomed the Queen during the Jubilee, and now it will welcome another monarch.
“We will be praying for the love of God that Richard III will come to rest in peace and rise in glory”
10.45am: Peter Soulsby: “The King’s body will be re-interred here in Leicester Cathedral in who’s shadow the remains have laid for more than 500 years.”
There will be a temporary exhibition at the Guildhall called Richard III – Search for the King. There will be a permanent museum in an old building opposite which the council has bought. It will open next year, to coincide with reinterment,l which is likely to be early next year.
10.42am: Reinterment will be at Leicester Cathedral.
10.40am: Richard Buckley: “Beyond reasonable doubt the individual exhumed is indeed Richard III.”
The assembled reporters cheer!
10.39: CONFIRMED: REMAINS ARE THOSE OF RICHARD III.
10.38: DNA evidence points to these being the remains of Richard III.
10.33am: Prof Schurer - a second descendant has been found. They have given a DNA sample, but they wish to remain anonymous.
10.32am: Prof Kevin Schurer, genealogist, said he can confirm that as far as all evidence shows, Michael Ibson and his siblings are true descendants of Anne of York.
10.29am:Prof Lin Foxhall is speaking about what texts said about Richard's appearance.
She said: "We could end up re-writing a little bit of history in a big way."
10.24am: Deceased was stabbed in right buttock, likely a dagger, and shown by damage to pelvis, revealed by 3D reconstruction. Could have been when thrown over a horse, as historical sources say Richard III was.
10.22am: Body had suffered "humiliation injuries".
10.18am: Dr Jo Appleby said the skeleton is mostly well preserved and complete. Because skull was in unusual position, some damage was caused to skull during excavation, but not anything that would ruin analysis.
They discovered that it was an adult male, but with a slender and feminine physique. There was no indication of withered arm though, as in some stories.
He was aged late 20s to late 30s. Researchers measured the long bones to estimate height. Would have been five foot eight without curve in spine – tall for person of the time, but due to curve he would have appeared much shorter.
Next they looked at the trauma to the bones. They have found ten wounds – eight on skull and two on body. All occurred at or shortly after the time of death, and none could have been caused by damage during excavation.
10.14am: Reporters are being shown world exclusive pictures of the bones. The feet were missing, probably as a result of later disturbance. No coffin or shroud, nor clothing nor personal items.
Other unusual things – torso twisted and head propped upright higher than rest of skeleton. Wrists crossed over, suggesting his hands might have been tied when he was buried.
10.10am: Richard Buckley said they then started the excavation of bones after further digs showed that they had actually found the church.
They knew within minutes there was curvature of spine.
Reporters are being shown pictures of the dig - modern building came within 1ft of the body.
10.07am: Richard Buckley said two trenches were chosen first, both north to south, in hope of finding walls. In the first trench, remains were found almost immediately.
10.05am: Richard Buckley, lead archaeologist, is speaking about how Richard III came to Leicester, and how his body was buried without pomp and ceremony.
The popular story was that his body was thrown into River Soar.
He said: "We are going to get presentation of evidence from each person involved in the dig."
10.05am: The experts begin to present their evidence.
10.04am: Richard Taylor, University of Leicester: "What we are about to tell you is truly astonishing."
10am: The press conference is under way!
Sir Robert Burgess is talking about how the university had to draw people from all different departments together to get it to work – genetics, archaeology, etc.
“They ask different questions from different perspectives," he said.
9.46am: Speakers starting to take their places at the front of the room, where the press conference begins at 10am.
Room packed with media – all the seats are taken, with 17 TV cameras at the back and journalists packing the sides of the room too.