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A copy of the Magna Carta is in Winnipeg.
Premier Greg Selinger unveiled it today at the Manitoba Legislative Building.
A copy of the "Great Charter" signed by King John in 1215 is considered part of the foundation of constitutional law in the English-speaking world, was recently on display in New York.
There are many copies of the Magna Carta, but only four considered to have been made at the time of the signing have survived.
The document is in Winnipeg to coincide with the Queen’s visit Saturday.
Its arrival fits with her dedication of the cornerstone of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights at The Forks. The stone comes from Runnymede, the English meadow where King John signed the Magna Carta.
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It will likely be on display in the legislature for three months — the longest allowed — and it's possible the Queen might take a short detour to see it.
The Queen will also help plant a shrub next to Government House during one of her two main public walkabouts. Her other major public appearance is at The Forks, where she'll be serenaded by Winnipeg chanteuse Kreviazuk, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and many others at an outdoor concert.
The Queen will also be the first person to arrive at the new Richardson International Airport terminal.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be dropping in on Saturday to escort Queen Elizabeth through The Forks.
Sources say the prime minister will walk with the Queen across the Esplanade Riel foot bridge and accompany her as she inspects a model of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights and dedicates its cornerstone.
The PM will then sit with the Queen and Prince Philip in their royal box at the Scotiabank stage as they are entertained by local artists before the Queen’s speech.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) says it is sending a protestor in a bear costume to stalk the Queen in Winnipeg Saturday afternoon.
The group said in a press release it is targeting the use of Canadian bearskins in the making of the Queen’s Guards’ hats.
A protester dressed in a bear costume with a “God Save the Bears Sign” will meet up with the Queen at Government House Saturday afternoon, PETA said.
It hopes to inspire the Queen to ask the British Ministry of Defence to use artificial fur instead of Canadian bearskins in the making of Queen’s Guards’ headgear, the group said.