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Westminster Abbey is a treasure house of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles and artefacts – and is also where some significant people are buried or commemorated.
We’ve been the setting for every Coronation since 1066 and for numerous other royal occasions, including sixteen weddings. Find about more about our royal connections.
The Abbey and the Royal Family
British kings and queens have forged a strong bond with Westminster Abbey. Since 1066 every British monarch except two has been crowned here.
When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married at Westminster Abbey in April 2011, they followed a long line of British royal weddings.
Westminster Abbey has been Britain’s coronation church since 1066. From William the Conqueror through to Elizabeth II, all but two monarchs have been crowned here.
The Coronation Chair
The Coronation Chair is one of the most famous pieces of furniture in the world. It has been the centrepiece of coronations for 700 years.
Westminster Abbey is the final resting place of many kings and queens, starting with King Edward the Confessor whose shrine stands just behind the High Altar.
The Queen’s Window
David Hockney’s stained glass window for Westminster Abbey, The Queen’s Window, is a vibrantly-coloured contemporary work commissioned to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
ANZAC Day is the anniversary of the landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey by allied forces on 25th April 1915.