Coronations at the Abbey

There have been 39 coronations at Westminster Abbey since 1066 and 40 monarchs crowned.

Explore articles, videos and resources about this historic ceremony.

A history of coronations

Find out about previous coronations, the kings and queens involved and the traditions of the ceremony.

A black and white image of the coronation of King Georg II. He is sat next to the Queen Consort on the coronation chair surrounded by onlookers

History of coronations

Find out about this ancient ceremony, its meaning and significance.

Read a brief history
Depiction of George IV's coronation at Westminster Abbey

Coronations explained

Find out answers and explanations to a range of coronation questions and queries.

Coronation guide
Coronation stories

Coronation stories

A bat, a cat and sandwiches under the hat - each have had a role in coronations.

Discover each story
The Coronation Chair. A large and worn chair )approximately 700 years old with a triangular top

The Coronation Chair

The centrepiece of coronations for over 700 years.

History of the chair
Queens Consort at the Abbey

Queens Consort at the Abbey

Explore the lives of these remarkable women.

Discover all 29 consorts
The Cosmati Pavement in front of the High Altar

Cosmati Pavement

The setting for the Coronation Theatre since 1308.

Explore the pavement
Colourful illustration of the Recognition at King George IV's coronation. The coronation chair is in the centre, surrounded by members of clergy and the congregation seated in large stands within Westminster Abbey.

Spotlight on Coronations

Discover the essential components of coronations past and present, guided by Abbey experts. These objects and spaces have played a key role in crowning new monarchs.

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An illustration of cartoon monarchs, including Charles I, Queen Victoria,  Queen Elizabeth I and Henry VIII. The High Altar of the Abbey can be seen in the background

Coronation Club

Explore Westminster Abbey, the coronation church for nearly 1,000 years, in our three online Coronation Club episodes for families.

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Coronation of Their Majesties The King and Queen

Find out about the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

News: The King and Queen crowned

News: The King and Queen crowned

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Watch: Highlights from the Coronation

Watch: Highlights from the Coronation

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Coronation news archive

Coronation news archive

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Theology of Monarchy lecture

Theology of Monarchy lecture

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Coronation Collection

Coronation Collection

Commemorate the historic occasion with a unique and exclusive gift from our shop’s His Majesty The King's Coronation Collection.

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