03:00PM, Friday 27 February 2015
A host of events are planned across the Royal Borough to celebrate the 800th year since the sealing of the Magna Carta.
King John sealed the Magna Carta at Runnymede, near Old Windsor, on June 15, 1215.
Wraysbury Parish Council chairman Cllr Margaret Lenton gave an update on the events planned at Windsor Town Forum in the Guildhall on Thursday, February 19.
“I am passionate about this because the Magna Carta is one of the most important events in our history,” said Cllr Lenton.
“I think we in the Royal Borough have a lot to celebrate.”
Since the Magna Carta was sealed, it has been the starting point for law and two clauses that underpin British liberties still exist in our statute books today.
A special fanfare has been composed by Robert Peate, a PhD student at the Royal Academy, and Diana Hughes has created a coat of arms of the 25 guarantor barons.
These will both be used at celebratory events.
Highlights include a private viewing of the artwork in the cloisters of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on March 19 for schools and a river flotilla on the weekend of June 13-14, featuring more than 200 boats including the Queen's barge Gloriana.
Wraysbury Fair, on June 13, will have a medieval theme and plans are afoot for Shetland pony jousting.
Picnics, called Liber Teas, are also planned for a number of dates and venues.
Cllr Lenton added she thinks the public are going to 'descend' on the area.
Other planned events include an archery contest, medieval fair and flower festival.
The Queen is also set to unveil an artwork in Runnymede commissioned by Surrey County Council on the day of the anniversary itself.
Visit www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/museum_magna_carta.htm for details.
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