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Thu Sep 13, 2012, 08:47 AM

Canadian descendant of Richard III is asked to give DNA after 'grave' find

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/sep/12/canadian-descendant-richard-iii-dna


Richard III, whose eldest sister, Anne of York, is a direct ancestor of Michael Ibsen. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

When Canadian-born Michael Ibsen, 55, was invited to the dig to find the Plantagenet king Richard III, he felt "pretty surreal".

In 2005, a historian, Dr John Ashdown Hill, after years of painstaking research, had telephoned his mother, Joy. Joy, a UK-born journalist who emigrated to Canada in her 20s, was, he informed her, the 16th-generation niece of Richard III a direct female descendant of his eldest sister, Anne of York.

"My mother was quite sceptical, but he was persuasive and she agreed to give a DNA sample. We thought it was something so abstract it was difficult to be emotionally involved, just a nice story to tell grandchildren, if we ever have any."

When Joy died four years ago, Michael, a furniture-maker who moved to London, and his brother and sister in Canada, promptly forgot about it.

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kdmorris Sep 2012 #1

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Wed Sep 19, 2012, 08:09 AM

1. That is an incredible opportunity

I really hope it's Richard III. It's like solving a 1000s year old mystery.

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