Magna Carta’s anniversary celebrated with river pageant and royal visit

A commemoration of the Magna Carta in Runnymede.

A commemoration of the Magna Carta in Runnymede. Image by ttwff / CC BY 2.0

Queen Elizabeth II is leading the 800th anniversary celebrations for Magna Carta at Runnymede, near Windsor in southeast England. The document is viewed as a pivotal document in the history of democracy. As well as its impact in England, whose King John was forced to put his seal on Magna Carta in 1215, it inspired the US constitution. Prime Minister David Cameron and thousands of members of the public will see a new art installation and a pageant on the Thames. Read more: theguardian.co.uk

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