King Richard's face unveiled via facial reconstruction (VIDEO)


A facial reconstruction of King Richard III is unveiled by the Richard III Society on Feb. 5, 2013, in London. After carrying out a series scientific investigations on remains found in a car park in Leicester, the University of Leicester announced that they were those of King Richard III.


Dan Kitwood

Is this the face of a tyrant? You be the judge.

Members of the Richard III Society on Tuesday unveiled a facial reconstruction of what King Richard III may have looked like based on a skeleton found underneath a parking lot in Leicester.

DNA tests released Monday confirmed that the bones found last year are indeed those of King Richard, who ruled England from 1483 to 1485.

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The facial reconstruction is based off a CT scan taken by experts at the University of Leicester, The Daily Mail reported.

Layers of muscle and skin were added to the scan to create a three-dimensional plastic model.

It shows a man with a slightly arched nose, thin lips and a prominent chin, similar to portraits of Richard painted after his death.

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Historian and author John Ashdown-Hill told BBC News it was "almost like being face to face with a real person."

King Richard was killed during the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 at age 32 after just two years on the throne.

William Shakespeare, writing during the reign of the Tudors – the dynasty that defeated Richard at Bosworth – famously portrayed Richard as a sort of sociopath, embittered and physically deformed.

The facial reconstruction will likely be put on public display in the future, according to BBC News.