"Princes in the Tower" to remain unidentified - for now

Shakespeare wrote that Richard III plotted the deaths of his young nephews in the Tower of London, a theory touted by the Tudors but never confirmed. In the 17th century, the bones of two young children were found in the Tower and were reburied in Westminster Abbey as the princes, Edward V and Richard Duke of York.

Since the discovery of DNA testing, scientists have called for testing of the bones, but the Church of England and Buckingham Palace have refused on the grounds that "allowing these bones to be examined could well set a precedent for other requests." The identification of Richard III, however, has renewed interest in the case of the princes.