Special services

We hold a wide variety of special services, including annual celebrations, memorials and commemorations. Many are held on behalf of the church, the Royal Family, or a national or international organisation.

Upcoming services

Attendance at our special services is usually by invitation only, but for some of them, you can apply for free tickets. Please check the listings below for details.

Past special services

Read reports of some recent special services held at Westminster Abbey.

Musicians celebrated at St Cecilia service

Musicians celebrated at St Cecilia service

Wednesday, 23rd November 2022

Judges in red robes and legal wigs reading from hymn sheets

Judges mark the start of the 2022 legal year

Monday, 3rd October 2022

The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II

The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Monday, 19th September 2022

Abbey welcomes new Lord Mayor of Westminster

Abbey welcomes new Lord Mayor of Westminster

Tuesday, 5th July 2022

Lord Burghley’s legacy celebrated

Lord Burghley’s legacy celebrated

Wednesday, 22nd June 2022

Abbey marks anniversary of Grenfell tragedy

Abbey marks anniversary of Grenfell tragedy

Tuesday, 14th June 2022

See more reports of Special Services held at Westminster Abbey.

St Margaret's special services

St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, also holds a number of special services each year, and some are open to the public.

Events at St Margaret's