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Finally geneticists have obtained a sample of DNA that could settle one of Britain's most curious cold cases.
It has long been believed the medieval English King Richard III murdered the two children of his predecessor Edward IV in the Tower of London in 1483.
Mystery - Children
However, the mystery of whether he really did kill the children has never been solved.
Scientists have now taken a DNA sample from a direct descendant of the 'Princes in the Tower''s maternal grandmother which could solve this strange historical mystery.
Descendant - Princes - Edward - V - Richard
The direct descendant of the two young princes - Edward V and Richard, Duke of York - is the English opera singer Elizabeth Roberts who provided a DNA sample.
She is the 16 times great-granddaughter of the princes' maternal grandmother, Jacquette of Luxembourg.
Discovery - Descendant - Decision - Sample - DNA
'The discovery of the descendant, and her decision to supply a sample of her DNA, have opened up significant avenues of investigation', Philippa Langley, the historical researcher who discovered the grave of Richard III told the Independent as part of an in-depth feature.
'The traditional narrative surrounding the so-called Princes in the Tower is deeply problematic – but this new DNA brings solving a number of key questions that much closer,' she said.
Book - Mythology - Princes - Tower - Dr
In a new book The Mythology of the Princes in the Tower, Dr John Ashdown-Hill, who tragically died a few months ago, looked at this new piece of DNA and how it might solve the 500-year-old mystery.
The story starts back in 1483 when Richard's brother Edward IV, died unexpectedly.
Richard - Lord - Protector - Charge - Nephews
Richard was made Lord Protector with charge of his two nephews: The young Edward V, aged 12, and his nine-year old brother, Richard, Duke of York.
The boys were locked up in the Tower of London and never seen again.
Suggestion - Richard - Boys - Case - Anyone
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