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white%20boarRichard the Third the last Plantagenet King of England and France will be buried in Leicester. He did not spend a lot of time in France. In fact I am not sure that he ever visited France. At that time the English throne did still claim rights over France, although in reality  we had very little influence except around Calais. It was not until 1800, when the Act of Union joined the Kingdom of Great Britain with the Kingdom of Ireland that George III chose to drop his claim to the French throne, whereupon the fleur de lys, part of the coat of arms of all claimant Kings of France since the time of Edward III, were also removed from the British royal arms. Britain recognised the French Republic by the Treaty of Amiens of 1802.220px-Richard_III00

Richard had  a white Boar on his royal coat of ams, and  it is proposed that this will be included on his tomb when he is eventually given a proper burial in Leicester next year. You can just make out two boar, one on either side of the gold emblem at the head of this proposed burial tomb. Tomb-2 As we all know now he has been resting underneath a car park in Leicester for the last 500 years, although it was not, presumably, a car park when he was dumped there in 1483!_65686694_richardgrave

White boar do exist, although most are not albino. They do not have pink eyes and a complete lack of any pigment. They are what is technically known as leucistic which means they have varying degrees of whiteness about them. This is quite common in many animals and birds. Blackbirds in particular often exhibit this trait to a greater or lesser extent. The pale coats are probably a result of a mutation in their coat-colour
genes.

The photo at the top is of a wild boar in East Sussex. At feeding stations in this area, approximately one in four of the Kent/East Sussex population in one particular study area were observed to be leucistic. I personally have not seen a white or pale wild boar in the Poitou-Charentes area. Have you?

Also have a look at my post on wild boar for some more pictures of little piggys.

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Origin of the Plantagenet name.

Eleanor….almost Queen of England

Charroux and Richard 1st

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