Dr John Ashdown-Hill is the leader of genealogical research and the historical adviser for the Looking for Richard project.
His research proved vital in confirming beyond doubt the bones found under a car park in Leicester belonged to the infamous medieval monarch.
However, since the exhumation in 2012, debate has raged as to where the bones should be buried.
It was originally planned the king would be entombed in Leicester Cathedral.
However, the Plantagenet Alliance, who are distant relatives of Richard III, want him buried in York and have won a judicial review into the decision.
Dr Ashdown-Hill is also paying for a crown to be made which can lie on Richard’s coffin.
He has commissioned a jeweller, who is a specialist in medieval reproductions, to make the crown which will be made of brass, gilded with gold and decorated with garnets and sapphires.
It will be an open crown in the style of the one he would have worn over his armour at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
The jewels will be set on enamelled white roses like those featured on the crown of Richard’s sister, Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy.