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 look back at the Coronation

On the first anniversary of the Coronation of Their Majesties The King and Queen, members of the Westminster Abbey team talk about the planning and work that went into preparing the Abbey for the first coronation in 70 years.

From the Dean's Verger to Clerk of the Works, those involved discuss what it was like to be part of the 2023 Coronation service.

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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.

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 stories

Coronation stories

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

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.

Queens Consort at the Abbey

Queens Consort at the Abbey

Explore the lives of these remarkable women.

The Cosmati Pavement in front of the High Altar

Cosmati Pavement

The setting for the Coronation Theatre since 1308.

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.

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.

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

Watch: Highlights from the Coronation

Watch: Highlights from the Coronation

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Coronation news archive

Coronation news archive

Theology of Monarchy lecture

Theology of Monarchy lecture

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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