DESCENDANTS of a medieval Worcester nobleman are to meet for the first time other families whose relations fought at Bosworth, the battle that ended the rein of Richard III.

Researchers who identified the king's remains in a Leicester car park through DNA from his distant family are using the same techniques to find descendants of those who fought in the battle.

They will meet family members directly related to the Plantagenet king at a reception in Leicester today, according to the BBC.

Sir Reynold Bray from Worcester is said to be the man who found Richard's golden crown on a hawthorn bush on the battlefield. He handed it to Lord Stanley, who placed it on the head of Richard's opponent Henry Tudor.

Richard was the last English king to died in battle. He was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, at the end of the War of the Roses.

His reburial ceremony is being held at Leicester Cathedral on Thursday, and will be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.