In 1674, men doing some reconstruction work on the Tower of London’s White Tower unearthed a box containing two small human skeletons. People of the time thought they might belong to the little princes who had gone missing two centuries earlier, but people of all ages met their ends at the Tower, and these were certainly not the only children’s bones ever found within its walls. They could have come from any preceding era. Despite this, they were officially declared to be the bones of the princes. They were laid to rest in Westminster Abbey and a plaque in the White Tower commemorates their discovery.
In 1933, the Westminster bones were subjected to forensic examination to see if it could be determined whether or not they really were the remains of Edward V and Richard, Duke of York. The results were inconclusive and no further examination has ever been conducted. The recently discovered bones of the princes’ uncle, Richard III, were identified through the DNA of a Canadian descendent of the Plantagenet family, but no DNA tests are planned for the Westminster bones. Should such tests ever be authorized, and the bones did turn out to be those of the missing princes, it would at least prove that they were murdered, even though there would still be no way of knowing who did it.
And should DNA testing establish they are not the bones of the princes, theories that the boys secretly left the Tower would gain more credence. But if they did, where did they go? What happened to them? Stay tuned. Another post will add to the possibilities. In the meantime, get the kids to keep pondering and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of The Disappearing Rose. Or leave one for yourself. Adults can enter the contest too. Why should kids have all the fun?