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Canterbury Panel commemorating 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta completed

The Canterbury panel of the twelve panel Magna Carta embroidery project, commemorating the sealing of Magna Carta 800 years ago has been completed.

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Royal School of Needlework member Rhoda Nevins was commissioned by Runnymede Borough Council to design and embroider the twelve panel tapestry to mark the 800th anniversary.

Each of the 12 panels tells the story of the events and the significant figures involved.

Each Magna Carta Trust town will have its own panel. The panels will represent Runnymede, Bury St Edmunds, St Albans, the City of London, Canterbury and Hereford. Five additional panels will portray how it shaped the spread of law and order throughout the world from 1215 to the present. Canada, Australia, America, India and Africa will be displayed on the five additional panels.

There is an added panel including all the shields of the 25 barons who were present at the sealing.

The Project will exhibit at various events and museums throughout the year, culminating on 15th June when The Queen will attend commemorations at Runnymede where the embroideries will be on display.

“This project has really taken off and it’s very exciting to be working on this project. We are involved in many of the events to celebrate the sealing of the Magna Carta and hope that as many people as possible will be able to see the embroideries which I hope have created a pictorial legacy of this most important event in our history”, commented Rhoda.

Magna Carta was the first grant by an English king to establish specified parameters on royal authority. It may also be said that it played a pivotal role in the foundation for the United States Constitution.

On 28 October 2011, The Queen became Patron of Magna Carta Trust for the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta.

Photo Credit: Rhonda Nevins 2014

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