StampNews.com got to know that a new set of stamps to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta was launched by Royal Mail on the 2d of June.
Royal Mail has worked closely with the Magna Carta 800 Committee to produce a six-stamp set commemorating the Magna Carta itself, as well as major charters, bills and declarations that have developed the rule of law in the centuries since around the world.
Twelve towns/cities around the UK are linked to the story of the Magna Carta including Faversham, Canterbury and Sandwich.
Principles set out in Magna Carta charted the right to a fair trial, and limits on taxation without representation. It also inspired a number of other documents, including the US Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Text from the American Bill of Rights of 1791, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, and the 2013 Charter of the Commonwealth are among other texts that feature on the commemorative stamps.
Sir Robert Worcester, chairman of the Magna Carta 800th Committee, said: "The relevance of Magna Carta in the 21st Century is that it is the foundation of liberty. I am delighted that Royal Mail has marked this landmark document, and other key bills and declarations it inspired, with these striking stamps. It is fitting that they will be seen by people all around the world".
Andrew Hammond, director of stamps and collectibles at Royal Mail said the legacy of Magna Carta had been far-reaching.
"The charter's unique status as a fundamental text, guaranteeing freedom under the law, has been the inspiration for many key charters, bills and declarations which have become milestones in the development of the rule of law throughout history and across the world", he said.
The stamps in this issue are the following:
Bill of Rights ‒ £1.33
The Bill of Rights was passed in 1689 and made parliament a branch of government superior to the monarch. Several articles from it remain relevant today particularly those relating to 'freedom of election' and 'freedom of speech'.
American Bill of Rights ‒ £1.33
This is a collective name afforded to the first ten amendments to the American constitution. They guaranteed freedom of religion and speech, the liberty of the press, the right to petition and bear arms, and immunity against arbitrary search and arrest as well as excessive punishment.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights ‒ £1.52
This was adopted by the United Nations in 1948 in response to the horrors of war and constitutes the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are entitled. The first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, which was charged with drafting the Declaration, was Eleanor Roosevelt.
Charter of the Commonwealth ‒ £1.52
Adopted in December 2012 and officially signed by Her Majesty the Queen in March the following Year, the Charter of the Commonwealth comprises 16 care beliefs and brings together the values and aspirations that united the Commonwealth, namely democracy, human rights and the rule of law.