The discovery of remains of Richard III almost never took place because a plumber came within inches of destroying the skeleton during construction of public lavatories, archeologists disclosed yesterday.

It is being called one of the most significant finds in archaeological history, shedding new light on a king’s last resting place and solving a 500-year-old mystery over his death. A skeleton found in a Leicester car park was yesterday confirmed by DNA tests to be the missing remains of Richard III.

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