It's over 500 years since his death, but Richard III's skeleton has at last been found. He died on teh battlefield, and was buried in Grey Friars Church (rather than York Minster as he wanted and was due as a King). Then the church got trashed by Henry VIII's thugs.
They finally found the site at the bottom of a council car park in Leicester and have been carefully excavating. The skeleton shows that he had scoliosis (which would have made one shoulder higher than the other), and also shows trauma to the head where a sword has cut away the back of his skull (indicating he was killed from the back?). He also had an arrow head in the vertebrae of the upper back (again indicating he was attacked from behind).
University of Leicester is trying to extract DNA from the skeleton and have found a relative to compare it to - a direct descendant of the king's sister, Michael Ibsen, 55, a Canadian furniture maker who lives in London.
Naturally there is much excitement with lots of visitors going to the site to see the dig, and calls for a State Funeral. However, Buckingham Palace have indicated they are unwilling for him to be buried in Westminster Abbey (probably because they are loosely descended from Richard's usurpers).
Richard himself wanted to be buried in York Minster, and we shall see if he is laid to rest there.
Richard III was the last of the Plantagenets - people don't really understand today how important the Plantagenets were, but pretty much everything we consider important in English law was given to us by the Plantagenets - such as presumption of innocence, trial by jury, habeas corpus (the right not to be unlawfully detained, which first shows up in the reign of Henry II in the 12th century) and Richard III's innovation, bail. And of course these innovations then went into American, Canadian, Australian, Indian and Caribbean law too). Richard was also behind lifting restrictions on the publication of books, so it's a pretty good legacy given he only reigned for two years.
Once the Plantagenets are removed from the throne, later governments try to remove these precious protections for individuals - for example in the 18th c there was a movement in Parliament to remove presumption of innocence that only got stopped by a Whig MP William Garrow. In recent times we've see the types of cases which are tried by juries restricted and habeas corpus being abolished for some crimes (and habeas corpus got suspended in the 19thC too).
The usurper, Henry Tudor had a very tenuous link to the throne through an illegitimate branch of the Beaufort family (though the Beauforts had been banned from ever holding the throne). Henry then marries Elizabeth of York (who is the daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville), and as we know Edward the IV was the son of the Queen's fling with her groom, so he was not a Plantagenet (and he didn't behave like a Plantagenet either, drinking womanising etc).
So, IMO Richard III was our last true king and he deserves a proper State Funeral.