An updated version of the reconstructed head of King Richard III has been unveiled.

“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 report Identification of the remains of King Richard III released in December stated, among other things, that there was a 77% probability of Richard having blond hair and a 96% probability of having blue eyes. It is again stressed that this was probably the childhood colour which darkened as Richard grew older.


So it is likely that the hair colour would actually be closer to the portrait on the right – so why did they end up making Richard look like a”medieval surfer dude”?