King Richard III’s remains and Canadian headlines


Canadians figure prominently in some Royal news items lately. The first item, Canadian family’s DNA helps identify King Richard III’s remains, tells of how it was a Canadian-born gentleman, Mike Ibsen who now resides in London, who was able to provide a DNA sample that was used to confirm that the remains found buried beneath a parking lot are those of King Richard III.

Reconstruction of Richard III DAN KITWOOD / GETTY IMAGES

Perhaps a more interesting aspect of this story is that the woman who spearheaded the search for Richard’s bones, screenwriter Philippa Langley, insists that she knew the instant she stood in the parking lot that Richard was beneath. In an interview with CNN she even went as far as to say when she had this sensation she looked down and saw an “R” on the pavement; however she was quick to point out it was indicating a reserved parking spot and not the king’s remains.

The second story, Canadian legislation would change rules for royal succession, is about the Canadian government’s erasing of sexism in the line of succession to the throne to stop the current situation that has females passed over in favour of males; it has been brought about by the impending royal birth.  The legislation means that the child, girl or boy, will be next in line for the throne after William.

You only run into trouble if you see those two headlines together and think they are related: Canadian family’s DNA helps identify King Richard III’s remains; Canadian legislation would change rules for royal succession

Are they going to somehow bring back Richard III? Will the new law indicate remains found under parking lots can be re-entered (not re-interred) in the line of succession?

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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