In April 1483, 12-year-old Prince Edward V spent the night in Stony Stratford on his way to London for his coronation to become king. Richard, Duke of Gloucester discovered them there, and took the Prince to the Tower of London for “safekeeping” with his 9-year-old brother Prince Richard of Shrewsbury. The children were reputedly murdered, clearing the way for the Duke of York to become King Richard III. 200 years later, a post-mortem was ordered on the skeletons of two children found buried at the foot of a staircase in the Tower. They were recorded as two boys aged approximately 13 and 10.
The rest is history.
(The plaque marks the spot: on numbers 26 & 28 on the High Street, Stony Stratford, which is just one of more than 2,000 listed buildings in the city)