Old man river

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This week all eyes have been on the Thames as the 800th an­niver­sary of the seal­ing of the Magna Carta was cel­e­brated with a flotilla from Hur­ley in Berk­shire, through Buck­ing­hamshire, to Run­nymede in Sur­rey. On Mon­day Queen El­iz­a­beth II, Prince Wil­liam and Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron were among those com­mem­o­rat­ing the an­niver­sary. So we searched our ar­chives to find these amaz­ing pho­to­graphs of the na­tion’s favourite river.

For thou­sands of years the River Thames has been a fo­cus of hu­man ac­tiv­ity. Pic­tured above from left two women en­joy­ing Hen­ley Re­gatta in 1914; rac­ing on the Thames in 1949, Al­fred Hitch­cock floats away; Santa takes an un­in­ten­tional dive and a ma­gi­cian demon­strates how to float. Be­low Daleks threaten the Houses of Par­lia­ment and an am­phibi­ous Tri­umph Her­ald at Mar­low.

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