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Magna Carta highlights shared US-UK love of liberty

November 6, 2014

Reprinted with permission from the Telegraph Media Group
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Princess Anne returned to Washington DC for the first time in 20 years on Thursday to open an exhibit celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, a document treasured by Americans as an inspiration to their own constitution.

The Princess Royal said the document, drawn up by 40 rebellious barons in 1215 to assert their individual rights, served to highlight Britain and America’s enduring love of liberty.

“We take so much for granted in terms of our freedoms and our expectations of freedoms and independence, and anniversaries such as this really are reminders of how far we have come in safeguarding our liberties,” she said at a ceremony at the Library of Congress.

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