X-ray images of George VI, Elizabeth found

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2011, 18:24 PM IST

London: A set of X-ray images of the teeth of Britain`s King George VI, his wife and their daughter, now Queen Elizabeth II, have been found in a former nurse`s house.

The X-rays were taken between 1942 and 1946. There are 18 images of the king`s teeth, 14 of his wife and 10 of their daughter.

They were found in a house in Surrey that belonged to a dental nurse named Betty Jacques, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Experts have examined the images and say that the king`s teeth were not the cause for his famous speech impediment that was the subject of the Oscar-winning movie "The King`s Speech".

The images were all set to be sold at an auction next week, but have now been pulled out following a request from the royal family.

Stephen Hancocks, editor-in-chief of the British Dental Journal, who examined the X-rays, said: "The X-rays indicate that the king had good teeth for a man of his age. There is some evidence of bone loss which may be due to gum disease, possibly linked to smoking, as he was known to be a heavy smoker."

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