Magna Carta: Statue of Queen marks 800th anniversary
A commemorative statue of the Queen has been unveiled beside the River Thames in Surrey as part of events marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.
The 4m (13ft) bronze sculpture at Runnymede Pleasure Grounds shows the Queen in full Garter Robes.
The unveiling coincided with the second day of the Thames River Pageant from Hurley in Berkshire to Runnymede.
The Royal Barge Gloriana lead a flotilla of 200 boats taking a replica of Magna Carta down the river.
The statue of the Queen was created by sculptor James Butler, and inspired by the 1954 and 1969 portraits by Pietro Annigoni.
The artwork was unveiled by Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow.
Magna Carta was granted by King John on 15 June 1215, establishing that the king was subject to the law rather than being above it.
It paved the way towards modern rights and freedoms, and was sealed by the king at Runnymede.
The Foreign Secretary and Conservative MP for Runnymede, Philip Hammond, who was also at the unveiling, told the invited guests that the Queen was the "ultimate refinement" of constitutional monarchy.
"While John represented arguably the worst of monarchy, Queen Elizabeth II represents undoubtedly the best of monarchy," he said.
Stopping at various points on the way, actors recounted the story of Magna Carta and then handed over the responsibility of carrying the document to a new relay bearer.
The flotilla paused overnight in Windsor before commencing its journey at 09:00 BST, and arriving at Runnymede Pleasure Grounds in the afternoon.
Celebrations marking the 800th anniversary have been taking place across the country, with church bells ringing out.
In Surrey, they have included jousting at the Runnymede Pleasure Grounds, and a Great Charter Festival with giant puppets at the Royal Holloway University.
The Houses of Parliament and the National Trust also organised a series of national events called LiberTeas, to enable people to "celebrate, debate or reflect on their liberties".
On Monday, the Queen, the Prime Minister and the Duke of Cambridge will join thousands of invited guests at an event at what is believed to be the exact spot in Runnymede where the document was sealed.