Magna Carta Guildhall Black Tie Dinner

On the 12th January, more than five hundred guests supported Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary in the Great Hall of the Guildhall. The Speakers were the Foreign
Secretary, Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP, MP for Runnymede, the American Ambassador, His Excellency Matthew Barzun, Rt. Hon. Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls, and the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, said Grace.
More than £80,000 was raised through the ticket sales and the silentand live auctions (our thanks to Adrian Biddell from Sotheby’s for his superb efforts). The funds raised will support the excellent workof the legal support charity, Access to Justice Foundation, and ourYoung Persons’ Guide, The Magna Carta Chronicle. In addition,the funds will help extend the Committee’s work to commemorateMagna Carta internationally.
In his speech, the Foreign Secretary argued that “Magna Carta can guide any democracy which seeks to uphold the Rule of Law across the world.” His closing remarks rallied the Great Hall around the importance of the Great Charter: “Long may Magna Carta and its
principles flourish. Let us celebrate it as Britain’s gift to the world – and an unrivalled inspiration to the defence of our collective liberty.” Ambassador Barzun thanked the work of the Magna Carta Trust, and the leadership of the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee led by Sir Robert Worcester. He invited the room to be upstanding to raise glasses “in thanks to the Barons of 1215 […] the wonderful parents of Magna Carta.”
The Dinner marked an excellent beginning to events cherishing the 800th Anniversary, and was testament to the commemoration campaign’s international scope.
If you would like to view the photographs taken of the event, check out our Flickr, on
You can also watch a video of the event at


About Roger Nield MBE

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