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Westminster Abbey is a treasure house of paintings, stained glass, textiles and artefacts – and is also where some significant people are buried or remembered.
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.
A history of coronations
Westminster Abbey has been Britain’s coronation church since 1066, from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II. King Charles III will be crowned on 6th May 2023.
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 Elizabeth II window
David Hockney’s stained glass window in Westminster Abbey is a vibrantly-coloured contemporary work commissioned to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Wedding of William and Kate
Relive the wedding day of Prince William and Kate Middleton, from the moment the guests arrive to the moment the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Queens Consort of Westminster Abbey
Each of the queens consort that have been crowned in the Abbey has their own fascinating history. Find out more about the queens consort as we explore the lives of these remarkable women.