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WINNIPEG -- Winnipeggers now have a chance to catch a glimpse of history that is literally fit for a Queen.
Free public viewings of an original copy of the Magna Carta, the historic declaration of legal rights signed by King John of England in 1215 that is considered the bedrock of today’s modern democracies, begin today.
The 800-year-old, single-page brownish document, one of 17 copied originals surviving from the 13th century, was brought to the city earlier this month to coincide with the whirlwind visit of Queen Elizabeth II.
The fabled document — the first time an original copy of the Magna Carta has been in Canada — will be on public display in its protective glass case today until Friday, Oct. 8 from noon to 4 p.m., seven days a week, in Room 200 of the Legislative Building.
It will also be a chance to get an up-close peek at the cornerstone for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which features a stone from Runnymede, the English meadow where the Magna Carta was signed.
The Runnymede stone is a little bigger than a shoebox and fits like a puzzle piece into a huge Tyndall stone tile and is covered with a thick piece of protective glass. The cornerstone was officially dedicated during the Queen’s six-hour visit to Winnipeg.