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800 years today since Magna Carta was sealed

Sealed 800 years ago today

It is 800 years ago today since King John and the Barons sealed the Magna Carta. The historic document safeguarded basic freedoms for ordinary folk and placed limits on the power of the crown.

Yet, according to a national poll, more than half of children in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire don't know what the Magna Carta is. Eleven per cent thought the it was as a giant map of the world. An original copy is housed at Lincoln Castle.

Region's RAF crews perform flypast to mark Queen's Birthday

Crews from five RAF bases in our region took part in today's traditional flypast over Buckingham palace to mark the Queen's Birthday.

Aircraft from Coningsby, Cranwell, Marham , Waddington and Scampton took part in the lunchtime display and represented the force's varied roles and history . The flypast started with a Dakota from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight from Coningsby and ended with the RAF's world-famous aerobatics display team the Red Arrows, who are based at Scampton.

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Three times as many Knights as Dames announced

Three as many knights as Dames were announced in the Queen Birthday Honours list, it has been revealed. Just seven women were given the highest honour.

Fast facts about the list:

  • 1,163 people were recognised by the Queen for their achievements
  • Sir Jonathan Stephens, chair of the Honours Committee, said he was "very disappointed" about the names of some high-profile winners being leaked before the list was announced
  • Sports figures make up 5% of the list's recipients
  • 51% of the awards went to women - equalling the previous highest record of the 2014 New Year's Honours list
  • Only seven women were named a Dame while more than three times as many men were named Knights
  • 7% of the successful candidates come from ethnic minority communities, a small increase on recent lists
  • 6% of this year's honorees consider themselves to have a disability

Lincolnshire air display fit for a Queen

People living near RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire were treated to an air display fit for a Queen today. The 23 aircraft were preparing for the traditional RAF flypast over Buckingham Palace this Saturday, for the Queen’s Birthday .

There will be 31 aircraft in all on the day. The practice run was done over RAF Cranwell because from the air the approach to College Hall mimics the approach to BuckinghamPalace.

Aircraft missing from today's run through included the Red Arrows who have a full display schedule this week so were replaced by a single Hawk. But organisers say that, as accomplished displayers, they will have no problem fitting in on Saturday.

And for those who came to watch, it was the next best thing to travelling to the Mall.

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