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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.

Lord Carrington memorial service

Lord Carrington memorial service

Thursday, 31st January 2019

| The Abbey | Free, booking required

Past special services

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

Abbey celebrates life of St Maximilian Kolbe

Abbey celebrates life of St Maximilian Kolbe

Monday, 14th January 2019

Metropolitan Police Service holds Abbey carol service

Metropolitan Police Service holds Abbey carol service

Thursday, 20th December 2018

Westminster Abbey hosts Whitehall Carol Service

Westminster Abbey hosts Whitehall Carol Service

Wednesday, 19th December 2018

Westminster Abbey service celebrates Middle East Christians

Westminster Abbey service celebrates Middle East Christians

Wednesday, 5th December 2018

Abbey marks Year of Engineering

Abbey marks Year of Engineering

Thursday, 22nd November 2018

Abbey marks the Centenary of the Armistice

Abbey marks the Centenary of the Armistice

Sunday, 11th November 2018

See more reports of Special Services held at Westminster Abbey.

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