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King Richard III – as you’ve never seen him before…

Earlier today, the King Richard III Visitor Centre unveiled an updated version of the reconstructed head of King Richard III.

The results of DNA testing carried out by Dr Turi King of University of Leicester in early 2014 showed that King Richard's hair was likely to have been blond, at least in childhood, and that he would have blue eyes. As a result of these findings, the reconstruction has now been updated.

The model was taken off display at the Visitor Centre earlier this morning and Professor Caroline Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moores University, who originally created the likeness, took over four hours to complete the work.

The model has now been returned to the display at the Visitor Centre.

Caroline said: "It was a delicate task to remove the eyes and replace with lighter ones, as they are made of glass. The hair colour has also been updated, including eyebrows and eyelashes."

Iain Gordon, Visitor Centre Director commented: "It was fascinating to watch Caroline at work and we are really pleased that we've been able to complete the work and put the head back on display in time for the reinterment."

Last updated September 2015