Tony Plantagenet Orr: who do you think you are?

I OPENED my daily paper recently and was intrigued by the story from Leicester, UK of the finding of the skeleton of the much-maligned Richard III under a Council car park.

Since reading the wonderful novel – “The Daugher of Time” by Josephine Tey – which argues for a revision of the Shakespearian image of Richard, I have been a ricardian, convinced that the king was the victim of history being rewritten for the benefit of those who came after.

But what struck me most forcibly in the article was the resemblance between Richard and well known gutarist/banjoist Tony Orr. I can even visualise a banjo in the royal fist!

Perhaps a case could be made for a new Young Pretender. If they could trace a descendant of Richard’s sister, Anne of York, Duchess of Exeter to Canada, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a Richard off-shoot in Australia.


Below is another photo, this time showing the Orr-Plantagenet profile, with Alan Stott on sousaphone.

3 responses to “Tony Plantagenet Orr: who do you think you are?

  1. Jane. An interesting possibility. They didn’t find a banjo under that car park. I’m not sure what we were up to before the 1700s but, I have a very old English banjo. It may be the one.

  2. On looking at Richard’s portrait a second time, perhaps the fingering is more suited to a clarinet?

  3. Dear old Richard may have been accused of many things, but at least not anything so foul as to wield a lute.
    Is there any truth in the rumour that he locked his lute in “The Tower” and that someone broke down the stout oaken door and left yet another?

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