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.

50th Anniversary of the Prayer Book Society

50th Anniversary of the Prayer Book Society

Postponed

Saturday, 8th October 2022

11.00am - 12.00pm
The Abbey

Exterior of Westminster Abbey, showing the West Towers and the Sanctuary

Trees of life service - honouring those who served and died during COVID-19

Tuesday, 11th October 2022

12.00pm - 1.00pm
The Abbey
Free (booking required)

Edwardtide Pilgrimage

Edwardtide Pilgrimage

Saturday, 15th October 2022

9.30am - 4.00pm
The Abbey
Free (no booking required)

Past special services

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

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 Queen’s funeral to be held at Westminster Abbey

The Queen’s funeral to be held at Westminster Abbey

Saturday, 10th 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

HRH Prince Charles in a red cope

Abbey welcomes HRH The Prince of Wales to Bath service

Tuesday, 24th May 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