Queen's Lecture

Queen's Lecture 2016: King Richard III - the resolution of a 500-year-old mystery 

Richard III, the protagonist in Shakespeare's play of the same name, was the focus of this year's Queen's Lecture that we were organising jointly with Technische Universität Berlin and the British Embassy Berlin.  

Turi King led the international research team which provided overwhelming evidence that the skeleton discovered under a car park in Leicester indeed represents the remains of King Richard III, thereby closing what is probably the oldest forensic case solved to date.

At this year’s Queen’s Lecture, Turi King will speak about the Grey Friars project, from the early stages of planning the dig, through to the excavation and the results of the various strands of analysis carried out on the remains and modern DNA obtained from a straight descendant of Anne of York, Richard III’s eldest sister.

The Queen's Lectures series

The Queen’s Lectures were founded by Queen Elizabeth II as a gift to the City of Berlin on the occasion of her state visit in 1965. Since 1997 the Queen’s Lecture takes place at the TU Berlin. Each year a renowned British scientist delivers a lecture on her or his area of expertise.

Shakespeare Lives

In 2016 the Queen's Lecture was part of our global Shakespeare Lives programme of events and activities celebrating the world's most popular playwright's work on the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.