Magna Carta: Celebrations mark document's 800th anniversary

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The Red Arrows fly over the Magna Carta memorial at Runnymede, near Egham, Surrey, during the 800th anniversaryPA
The Red Arrows flew overhead, exactly eight centuries after the ground-breaking document was created

Britain has been marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta - the document that paved the way for the introduction of basic human rights.

In 1215 the Magna Carta was created to set out a list of basic rules about how the country would be run.

It was the first time that ordinary people were protected by rights.

The main ceremonies took place at Runnymede, on the River Thames, where the scroll was sealed by King John.

Justin Welby, David Cameron, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at anniversary eventPA
Representatives of the Church, government and monarchy attended the event in Surrey

The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Duke of Cambridge also attended the ceremony.

A replica of the Great Charter began its journey down the Thames on Saturday as part of the celebrations.

The Royal Barge Gloriana has led 200 boats from Hurley in Berkshire and is due to arrive at Runnymede later.

The Royal Barge Gloriana on the River Thames passes through Old Windsor Lock to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna CartaPA
The Royal Barge Gloriana has been leading a flotilla along the River Thames to mark the anniversary

There are just four known copies of the original Magna Carta that still exist today, from an estimated 13 that were made.

Two are held by the British Library in London, with Salisbury Cathedral and Lincoln Cathedral holding the others.