The royal family may not be royal at all

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In 2012, more than 500 years after Richard III’s death, his remains were discovered in a Leicester parking lot.

Scientists tested the DNA, which proved the remains were, in fact, from Richard III. However the genetic testing did not link him to any paternal relatives, which scientists described as a “a false paternity event.” In other words an affair broke the chain of royal descendants somewhere along the way. Depending on when the affair occurred, many kings and queens may not have had the right to rule after all — including Queen Elizabeth II.

The DNA also revealed that Richard III was likely a blond with blue eyes, contrary to many portraits of depicting him otherwise.