Richard III: Leicestershire villager Hilary thrilled to find she's descendant of king
Like many of us, Hilary Wood-Wilson was gripped as the tale of the search for Richard III's remains unfolded.
But the story became rather more exciting for the 68-year-old when she was told it was more than likely the Plantagenet king was an ancestor.
Hilary has been told that Richard III, who was born 560 years ago today, was an uncle of 17 generations.
She is one of several people who are possible descendants of the king.
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Hilary, who lives in Houghton on the Hill with husband Gerry, said it was an exciting discovery.
"My cousin lives in Edinburgh and she was following all the stories about Richard III as she's very interested in it all," Hilary said.
"She'd done some research before and thought there might be a family connection, but that didn't go any further at the time.
"When the search for his body started, she started looking into it again.
"When she found out, she sent us a long e-mail telling us how excited she was about it all, because, of course, she's related as well.
"I'd been following the story with interest, not knowing royalty was a distant relation – if you can call it that, it is a long way down the line.
"It's all very exciting. It's just a pity he's been associated with so many horrors, but I do know he was a very brave soldier and that's nice to know."
Archaeologists uncovered human remains at the Greyfriars car park, in the city centre, in August.
Although the identity of the remains has not yet been confirmed, there is strong evidence to suggest they belong to Richard III.
DNA from the bones is being compared with that of Canadian-born furniture maker Michael Ibsen, who was identified as being a direct descendant of the female line in 2006.
Hilary said she would also be happy to help if researchers needed any more descendants.
"It will be interesting to see whether the remains really are Richard III, but all the evidence seems to point to it," she said.
"I think Mr Ibsen is far more direct than me. I am probably too far removed but I would be happy to help if I can be of any use."
Gerry said: "I think it's all quite interesting. It will be fantastic if the DNA test proves it really is him."
DNA testing of the Greyfriars skeleton is expected to take up to 12 weeks.
Philippa Langley, of the Richard III Society, said: "We have been contacted by quite a few people who may be descendants.
"It is not that out of the ordinary, so far down the line.
"I think it's lovely that people are going that far back in this day and age.
"It's been such an exciting project and all of this adds to the interest it has generated."