A WORLD famous portrait of Richard III has goes on display in the region tomorrow (Friday, July 9).

The late 16th century portrait, which has become synonymous with the depiction of Richard III, is on loan to the Yorkshire Museum in York until the autumn.

It has been loaned by the National Portrait Gallery as part of its nation-wide Coming Home project, which sees the gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with.

Richard III has strong links to North Yorkshire and the North- East.

He was the last king of the House of York and spent several childhood years at Middleham Castle in Wensleydale.

From 1471 until his death in 1485 he owned Barnard Castle.

The portrait will form the centrepiece of the Yorkshire Museum's new display, which includes its other collections associated with the King.

Objects such as the Middleham Jewel, The Ryther Hoard and the Stillingfleet Boar Badge worn by one of his supporters, will be on display.

The portrait can be seen at the Yorkshire Museum until October 31.

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