Tests on a skeleton found under a car park in Leicester have confirmed that the remains belong to Richard III, archaeologists have said.

The first pictures of the remains emerged on Monday morning, just before scientists and historians from the University of Leicester announced at a press conference that DNA evidence as well as battle-inflicted injuries and the age of the skeleton suggest they were the remains of England's last Plantagenet King.

DNA taken from the skeleton was analysed and compared with that of Michael Ibsen, a descendant of Richard III's family.

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  • "hole in the head" - University of Leicester

    "hole in the head" - University of Leicester

  • "hole in the head" - University of Leicester

    "hole in the head" - University of Leicester

  • "rib" - University of Leicester

    "rib" - University of Leicester

  • "hip bone" - University of Leicester

    "hip bone" - University of Leicester

  • "The skeleton being excavated, showing the curve in the spine." - University of Leicester

  • "The complete skeleton showing the curve of the spine." - University of Leicester

  • "The complete spine" - University of Leicester

  • "We can now reveal a picture of the empty grave." - University of Leicester

  • "Here’s a world first; an image of the in situ remains discovered by University of Leicester archaeologists." - University of Leicester

  • "Archaeologists begin to carefully remove the remains of modern buildings to reach medieval archaeology beneath." - University of Leicester

  • University of Leicester undated handout photo of the skull of the skeleton found at the Grey Friars excavation in Leicester, potentially that of King Richard III. (Credit: PA/University of Leicester )

  • Undated handout photo issued by the University of Leicester of the earliest surviving portrait of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral, as archaeologists involved in the hunt for the remains of Richard III have released the first image of a battle-scarred skull which could be that of the 15th century ruler. (Credit: PA/University of Leicester)

  • Archaeologists in Richard III dig

    Jo Appleby, a lecturer in Human Bioarchaeology, at University of Leicester, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, who led the exhumation of the remains, during a dig at Leicester's Greyfriars car park, speaking at the university, as tests have established that a skeleton found under the car park, is that of King Richard III.

  • Archaeologists in Richard III dig

    Jo Appleby, a lecturer in Human Bioarchaeology, at University of Leicester, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, who led the exhumation of the remains, during a dig at Leicester's Greyfriars car park, speaking at the university, as tests have established that a skeleton found under the car park, is that of King Richard III.

  • Archaeologists in Richard III dig

    Jo Appleby, a lecturer in Human Bioarchaeology, at University of Leicester, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, who led the exhumation of the remains, during a dig at Leicester's Greyfriars car park, speaking at the university, as tests have established that a skeleton found under the car park, is that of King Richard III.

  • Archaeologists in Richard III dig

    University of Leicester lead archaeologist Richard Buckley, speaking at the University of Leicester Council Chamber building, as tests have established that a skeleton found under Greyfriars car park in Leicester is that of King Richard III.

  • Archaeologists in Richard III dig

    Jo Appleby, a lecturer in Human Bioarchaeology, at University of Leicester, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, who led the exhumation of the remains, during a dig at Leicester's Greyfriars car park, speaking at the university, as tests have established that a skeleton found under the car park, is that of King Richard III.

  • University Of Leicester Makes Announcement Following Discovery Of Human Remains Which Are Possibly King Richard III

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Dr Jo Appleby, Professor Lin Foxhall and Professor Kevin Schuerer attend a press conference at University Of Leicester as archaeologists announce whether the human remains found in Leicester are those of King Richard III on February 4, 2013 in Leicester, England. The University of Leicester has been carrying out scientific investigations on remains found in a car park to find out whether they are those of King Richard III since last September, when the skeleton was discovered in the foundations of Greyfriars Church, Leicester. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • University Of Leicester Makes Announcement Following Discovery Of Human Remains Which Are Possibly King Richard III

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley, speaks at a press conference at the University Of Leicester as archaeologists announce whether the human remains found in Leicester are those of King Richard III on February 4, 2013 in Leicester, England. The University of Leicester has been carrying out scientific investigations on remains found in a car park to find out whether they are those of King Richard III since last September, when the skeleton was discovered in the foundations of Greyfriars Church, Leicester. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • University Of Leicester Makes Announcement Following Discovery Of Human Remains Which Are Possibly King Richard III

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley, speaks at a press conference at the University Of Leicester as archaeologists announce whether the human remains found in Leicester are those of King Richard III on February 4, 2013 in Leicester, England. The University of Leicester has been carrying out scientific investigations on remains found in a car park to find out whether they are those of King Richard III since last September, when the skeleton was discovered in the foundations of Greyfriars Church, Leicester. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • University Of Leicester Makes Announcement Following Discovery Of Human Remains Which Are Possibly King Richard III

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: A general view of the human remains displayed on a television screen during a press conference at the University Of Leicester as archaeologists announce whether the human remains found in Leicester are those of King Richard III on February 4, 2013 in Leicester, England. The University of Leicester has been carrying out scientific investigations on remains found in a car park to find out whether they are those of King Richard III since last September, when the skeleton was discovered in the foundations of Greyfriars Church, Leicester. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • University Of Leicester Makes Announcement Following Discovery Of Human Remains Which Are Possibly King Richard III

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley (L), Dr Jo Appleby, Professor Lin Foxhall and Professor Kevin Schuerer attend a press conference at University Of Leicester as archaeologists announce whether the human remains found in Leicester are those of King Richard III on February 4, 2013 in Leicester, England. The University of Leicester has been carrying out scientific investigations on remains found in a car park to find out whether they are those of King Richard III since last September, when the skeleton was discovered in the foundations of Greyfriars Church, Leicester. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • University Of Leicester Makes Announcement Following Discovery Of Human Remains Which Are Possibly King Richard III

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley, speaks at a press conference at the University Of Leicester as archaeologists announce whether the human remains found in Leicester are those of King Richard III on February 4, 2013 in Leicester, England. The University of Leicester has been carrying out scientific investigations on remains found in a car park to find out whether they are those of King Richard III since last September, when the skeleton was discovered in the foundations of Greyfriars Church, Leicester. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Archaeologists in Richard III dig

    Dr Turi King from Leicester University gives Michael Ibsen, a 17th generation great nephew of Richard III, a DNA swab at Greyfriars car park in Leicester during an archaeological search for the lost grave of Richard III.

  • Archaeologists in Richard III dig

    Claire Graham uses ground penetration radar (GPR) at Greyfriars car park in Leicester watched by actors dressed as Knights from Historic Equitation Ltd during an archaeological search for the lost grave of Richard III.

  • Archaeologists in Richard III dig

    File photo dated 24/8/2012 of Claire Graham using ground penetration radar (GPR) at Greyfriars car park in Leicester during an archaeological search for the lost grave of Richard III. Archaeologists searching for the lost grave of the medieval king have discovered human remains.

  • Archaeologists in Richard III dig

    Claire Graham uses ground penetration radar (GPR) at Greyfriars car park in Leicester during an archaeological search for the lost grave of Richard III.

  • University Of Leicester Makes Announcement Following Discovery Of Human Remains Which Are Possibly King Richard III

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Members of the media attend a press conference at University Of Leicester as archaeologists announce whether the human remains found in Leicester are those of King Richard III on February 4, 2013 in Leicester, England. The University of Leicester has been carrying out scientific investigations on remains found in a car park to find out whether they are those of King Richard III since last September, when the skeleton was discovered in the foundations of Greyfriars Church, Leicester. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)