Now he has commissioned a jeweller who is a specialist in medieval reproduction to make a crown for the infamous hunchback monarch’s reburial.
Dr Ashdown-Hill, who lives in Lawford, said: “It is my gift to him.
“I feel close to him. I have studied him for 25 years and I have held him in my arms.
“We know Richard had a crown which he wore over his helmet at the Battle of Bosworth.
“It was thrown into a hawthorn bush and then used to crown Henry VII. So he ended up without one. I want to give him one back.”