To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the Red Arrows performed a very special fly-past of Heathrow yesterday! Our team raced up onto the office roof to capture the event – enjoy!
Heathrow also partnered with local councils and businesses to sponsor a River Relay race taking place in honour of the anniversary on 13 and 14 June, organised by Thames Alive. Stopping at various points from Hurley Riverside to Runnymede Pleasure Ground, the event recounted the story of the Magna Carta while young relay bearers aboard the Royal Shallop “Jubilant” and other craft joined the flotilla as it traveled downstream.
“We have close ties with local communities and are proud to honour key moments in our history. The Magna Carta was signed close to where the airport is today and we want to celebrate what it has done to make Britain the dynamic and open society we enjoy.” Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye
The Magna Carta is one of the most celebrated documents in British history. Most of its 63 clauses granted by King John dealt with specific grievances relating to his rule. However, buried within them were a number of fundamental values that proved highly adaptable in future centuries, including the 39th clause which gave all ‘free men’ the right to justice and a fair trial.
Some of the Magna Carta’s core principles are echoed in the United States Bill of Rights (1791) and in many other constitutional documents around the world, as well as in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the European Convention on Human Rights (1950).
— Red Arrows (@rafredarrows) June 15, 2015