An investigation into the deaths of two princes could finally be resolved
They are Princes Edward V and his brother Richard, locked up in the Tower of London
King Charles III is in favor of analyzes that Queen Elizabeth II never authorized

Soon the end of the mystery? It has been more than 500 years since the deaths of two members of the royal family were unsolved, but that is a situation that could soon change. The victims in question are brothers Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury, also known as the Princes of the Tower. Indeed, while Edward V was the heir to the throne of England, his uncle Richard of Gloucester had him locked up in the Tower of London alongside his younger brother Richard, claiming that they were both children. illegitimate of King Edward IV, who died shortly before. After they were locked up in 1483, Richard of Gloucester seized power and took the name Richard III – a story notably told by Shakespeare in a play of the same name. If the fate of the two brothers who were never seen again after their imprisonment has never been officially revealed, the most plausible thesis is that they were both killed by their uncle.

In the following centuries, the bones of two children were found in the Tower of London and in the grounds of Windsor Castle, encouraging history buffs to think that they could be those of the two missing brothers. So why not check it out? Quite simply because these bones are now in royal crypts, which means that the authorization of the monarch in place is essential to subject them to tests. An authorization that Queen Elizabeth II had never consented to provide … but that her son could well give. According to Tracy Borman, historian and co-chief curator of the Historic Royal Palaces association, King Charles III “has a very different vision” from that of his mother, and says he is in favor of DNA analysis. “He said he would like the investigation to continue, so that we can determine once and for all how the young princes died.”

A mystery over 500 years old

The brothers Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury were aged 12 and 9 when they were detained in the Tower of London in 1483. And it was not until 1674 that two skeletons were found in this same tower. Despite the hypothesis of the murder ordered by their uncle who became King Richard III, other more imaginative theories stipulate that the princes would in reality never have been killed. It is in particular a thesis supported by the historian Philippa Langley, according to which a pact had been concluded between the mother of the princes and their uncle to allow the young Edward V, who should have become king at only 12 years old, to live a life normal… All that remains is to hope that King Charles III, whose coronation date has been revealed, will indeed authorize the resumption of the investigation and DNA analyzes which could provide the answer to an old enigma. over 500 years old.

Charles III: how the new king takes part in the investigation of a mysterious murder

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Maria T.
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