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The Bones in the White Tower

In 1674, workmen employed in demolishing a staircase within the Tower of London, leading to the chapel of the White Tower, made the discovery of the bones of two children in an elm chest, at around a depth of ten feet. They were originally thrown aside with some rubble until their significance  was recognised. The two princesEdward V of England and Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, had disappeared whilst imprisoned in the tower in the summer of 1483 and were presumed murdered. 

Charles II, then the reigning monarch, asked the architect Sir Christopher Wren to design a white marble container and they were reverently placed in the Henry VII chapel at Westminster Abbey, close to the tomb of the Prince’s sister, Elizabeth of York.

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