Sherlock Does Richard Proud

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The King is dead. Long live the King. Actually, the King we’re talking about has been dead a very long time. Richard III was bumped off in battle in 1485. Before that, he has a pretty rough ascension to the thrown that may or may not have included killing off his nephews who were next in line. It’s all there in Shakespeare’s Richard III. The one with, “A horse a horse my kingdom for a horse” and “Now is the winter of our discontent” stuff. Well, after being gone for over five-hundred years, a team of archaeologists dug up the remains of King Richard and now he’s getting a proper burial with none other than Sherlock Holmes reading a poem at the service.

Yes, Benedict Cumberbatch will be stepping up to the podium for the ceremony and it’s only fitting because it turns out Benedict and Richard are related. They are cousins sixteen times removed. That basically means Benedict would be invited to the family reunion but he’d have to sit way in the back.

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The remains of Richard were dug up in a church parking lot two years ago. DNA confirmed these were indeed the bones of Richard. Despite his potential nastiness, he is still considered royalty and needs a respectful final rest.

As for Benedict, he’ll be playing the part of Richard III in a new TV adaption of the Bard’s famous play. Coincidence? I think not.

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