THE reconstructed face of long-dead monarch Richard III will soon be looking out once more over the city that claims him as his own.

The replica head made from detailed scans of the King’s rediscovered skull is to be given pride of place in a new display looking at what is really known about England’s last Yorkist ruler.

The exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum in York will be part of a city-wide programme of events to mark the king’s importance to the city.

He head was created by the forensic art team of Dundee University and offers the most accurate yet interpretation of what King Richard looked like in life.

The experts used the King’s actual remains to make the likeness after they were discovered buried under a car-park in Leicester last year by a team from the local university.

More details are expected to emerge shortly but the head will first go on show in Leicester from May and then at Bosworth battlefield – where the King was killed - before being displayed at the Yorkshire Museum from July 19 until October.

The museum’s curator Andrew Morrison said: “The discovery of his bones in Leicester has ignited a lot of interest in Richard III and his connections to the city.

“We will use the head as a centre piece to a new display looking at what we really know about the king - separating the facts from the fiction which so often surrounds him.”

The head will go on display in the museum’s medieval gallery, which also shows other objects connected to the king.

They include the Middleham Jewel, which was found at Middleham Castle, Richard’s childhood home, and a silver boar badge which would have been worn by a loyal supporter of the King.