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Published on June 15th, 2015 | by admin

Magna Carta Commemoration Event At Runnymede

It was at Runnymede exactly 800 years ago to this day that the Magna Carta was signed and to mark the occasion, the Queen and members of the Royal Family will today lead celebrations at the green meadow in Surrey on the banks of the River Thames.

Indeed The Queen is patron of the Magna Carta Trust and she will be joined by dignitaries from around the world who are expected to attend the event which will be also be witnessed by thousands of people expected to converge on the historic site.

As part of the celebrations, the Royal Barge Gloriana has led a flotilla of 200 boats along the River Thames since Saturday which will be arriving in Runnymede today as part of the celebrations.

Significance of Magna Carta

Having formed the foundations of parliamentary democracy, the importance of Magna Carta cannot be underestimated hence the significance of this milestone moment since it was signed by King John of England.

Amongst some of the most important facts summarised in the Magna Carta infographic we’ve produced here at the Post Office Shop, is that only four copies of Magna Carta remain 800 years later. Two remain in the British Library plus one each in Lincoln and Salisbury.

The 3,500 words of Magna Cart written on calfskin parchment contain 63 clauses in total. The 39th clause is one of three remaining clauses which remain part of English law to this day is often recognised as the most important of all. It contains the poignant words: ‘No free man shall be seized or imprisoned….except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land’.

Collectible coin and special stamps to mark 800th anniversary

To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, a collectible coin struck in brilliant uncirculated quality plus a presentation pack containing six special stamps have both been issued which are available at the Post Office Shop.

Magna Carta infographic FV

 

 

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