REPORTER: It's a mystery that has has confounded historians for centuries --- where did the remains of King Richard III, the last British monarch to die in battle, end up?
LEICESTER UNIVERSITY DEPUTY REGISTRAR, RICHARD TAYLOR: "Today we bear witness to history, we peer 500 years into medieval times and literally reach into a grave."
REPORTER: In their quest for answers, researchers at the Leicester University exhumed a skeleton buried below a parking lot. Project Geneticist, Turi King ...
PROJECT GENETICIST, TURI KING: "There is a DNA match between the maternal DNA from the descendants of the family of Richard III and the skeletal remains that we found at the Grey Friars dig. In short, the DNA evidence points to these being the remains of Richard III."
REPORTER: While the mystery of the legendary King's remains has been solved, salvaging his reputation may be harder. William Shakespeare depicted him as a monstrous tyrant who murdered two princes. Philippa Langley of the Richard III society ...
MEMBER OF RICHARD III SOCIETY, PHILIPPA LANGLEY: "But I think what's going to come out is a real man, the real Richard III, he was a medieval man and a medieval king, but he just wasn't the monster of Tudor legend."
REPORTER: His remains now identified, researchers say they are already working on plans for King Richard to be laid to rest at Leicester Cathedral next year.