Set of stamps marking Magna Carta issued today

A special set of commemorative stamps has been issued today to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The charter was issued by King John on 15 June 1215, establishing several principles that have underpinned the rule of law in the succeeding centuries.

The six stamps feature text from Magna Carta, and other charters, bills and declarations that have developed the rule of law around the world. The text on the first class stamp is taken from the central tenet of Magna Carta: “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned… except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.”

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