Queen becomes patron of Magna Carta Trust

Magna Carta memorial at Runnymede
Image caption The Magna Carta memorial marks the spot where the treaty was signed at Runnymede

The Queen has become patron of a trust which is preparing to commemorate the signing of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

The Magna Carta Trust said the Queen's involvement was a major boost to plans to celebrate the anniversary at Runnymede, Surrey, on 15 June 2015.

It said it was "greatly honoured" and "very proud" she had agreed to become the trust's patron.

The Magna Carta was signed by King John in Runnymede Meadow in 1215.

The treaty marked peace between the king and the barons who were in revolt against him and set out the principles of freedom under the law.

It provided the basis for legal and political systems around the world.

'Very exciting'

Five years of celebrations leading up to the 800th anniversary were officially launched in November at the Runnymede Magna Carta Memorial.

"This is very exciting news for the volunteers who are already busy organising these celebrations," said trust chairman Sir Robert Worcester.

"It will help us enormously as we work with sponsors, ambassadors, academics, lawyers and Parliamentarians to organise this 800th anniversary year around the world in 2015."

It is hoped the Queen will be at Runnymede for the anniversary celebrations.

The trust is also campaigning for a public holiday on 15 June 2015 and asking the Royal Mint to issue a commemorative coin.

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