DNA study proves French relics not royal

Three years ago, French scientists identified a mummified head as that of the beloved French king, Henri IV, but now new DNA research proves that the relic did not belong to a royal. Henri IV ruled from 1589 to 1610.

The original analysis used "facial reconstruction techniques and signs the skull had injuries similar to those suffered by the monarch." The latest research used DNA taken from three male relatives of the French king, showing that the head was not that of the king.

The same study showed that blood preserved as that of Louis XVI, executed on the guillotine during the French Revolution, also did not belong to a royal.