The Princes in the Tower – should the urn be opened?

LIVE on Crowdcast, 16 March 2022

LIVE on Crowdcast, 16 March 2022


16 March 2022


Ticketing information

The event will be online only, LIVE on Crowdcast. The event is free to join but we ask you to consider making a donation of £10 or whatever you can afford. 

Online only


Join Chief Curator Lucy Worsley as she explores one of the most famous unsolved historical mysteries: the story of the young Princes in the Tower.

Lucy will be joined by Historic Royal Palaces Research Manager Laura Tompkins and Turi King, Professor of Public Engagement and Genetics at the University of Leicester for this one hour talk, which will explore the significance of the seventeenth-century urn housed at Westminster Abbey containing the bones of two children.

Traditionally believed to be the remains of the two Princes who mysteriously disappeared from the Tower of London, the panel consider whether the urn should ever be opened for use of modern scientific techniques, and what light this might shed on the alleged role of King Richard III in their disappearance. Join the debate to find out more…

This event is free to join, but we ask you to consider making a donation of £10 or whatever you can afford.

Historic Royal Palaces is a self-funding charity, and the Coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on us. We experienced a £100 million shortfall in our finances over the last year, so if you love the palaces and believe in what we do, we have never needed your support more.

Historic Royal Palaces is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Registered Charity No. 1068852).

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