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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.

Baroness Hollis of Heigham Service

Baroness Hollis of Heigham Service

Tuesday, 18th June 2019

| St Margaret's Church | Free, booking required

Lord Heywood service

Lord Heywood service

Thursday, 20th June 2019

| The Abbey | Attendance by invitation only

Baroness Trumpington Service

Baroness Trumpington Service

Tuesday, 25th June 2019

| St Margaret's Church | Free, booking required

A Thanksgiving Service for the Battle of Britain

A Thanksgiving Service for the Battle of Britain

Sunday, 15th September 2019

| The Abbey | Ticket arrangements to be announced

Past special services

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

Chilean Navy honours Admiral Cochrane

Chilean Navy honours Admiral Cochrane

Tuesday, 21st May 2019

Abbey Marks Centenary of Police Women

Abbey Marks Centenary of Police Women

Friday, 17th May 2019

Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell Remembered

Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell Remembered

Wednesday, 15th May 2019

Westminster Abbey celebrates Our Lady of Walsingham

Westminster Abbey celebrates Our Lady of Walsingham

Tuesday, 7th May 2019

Duke of Cambridge marks Royal Navy anniversary

Duke of Cambridge marks Royal Navy anniversary

Friday, 3rd May 2019

Westminster Abbey marks ANZAC Day

Westminster Abbey marks ANZAC Day

Thursday, 25th April 2019

See more reports of Special Services held at Westminster Abbey.

The Shrine of St Edward the Confessor is one of the most powerful features of the Abbey. To stand in the presence of a man who is both a saint and a monarch is awe-inspiring.

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The Reverend Christopher Stoltz - Minor Canon

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