Magna Carta’s 800th Anniversary
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is to visit Runnymede, South East England on June 15 to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
The 89-year-old monarch will be joined by her husband the Duke of Edinburgh and her grandson the Duke of Cambridge to recognise the signing of the historic document, which was agreed by King John of England on June 15, 1215.
The Magna Carta is considered among the most important documents in British history, as it established that all citizens – including the King – were subject to the law of the land.
And although almost all of the clauses have been amended over the centuries, it remains a cornerstone of the constitution.
News of the Queen’s planned visit comes a day after she opened a new session of parliament in London.
The Queen has performed the task every year of her reign except 1959 and 1963, when she was pregnant, and this year’s ceremony was detailed on the British monarchy’s official Twitter page, which published photographs of the State Opening taken during the earlier years of the Queen’s reign, as well as an image of the imperial state crown.