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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Abbey is no longer open for public worship, general visiting or private prayer. Meanwhile, the community of Abbey clergy, privately and following guidance given, will sustain the worship of a building that has been a witness to God’s grace and glory for over a thousand years.

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Flag days

The two magnificent west towers, above the Great West Door, were the last major construction work to be carried out on the Abbey, constructed from Portland stone between 1722 and 1745 to a design by Nicholas Hawksmoor.

On top of the north tower sits a flag pole on which the Abbey flies flags - of the Commonwealth Nations, the Flag of St Peter, the Abbey Flag, the Union Flag, the Flags of the National Saints, the Royal Air Force Flag, and the Royal Standard.

The West Towers of Westminster Abbey with the Abbey flag flying

 The Flag of St Peter

Flag of St Peter

Red with a pair of Golden Cross Keys, together with the Ring of St Edward the Confessor. This flag combines the symbols of the two Patron Saints of the Abbey: the ring of St Edward the Confessor, king of England 1043–1066 and founder of the Abbey in 1065; and the keys of St Peter, keeper of the keys to the kingdom of heaven, after whom the Abbey was named when it was re-founded as a Collegiate Church in 1579. It is flown on most Church Festivals, such as the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Christmas Day.

The Abbey Flag

Abbey flag

This bears the coat of arms of Westminster Abbey, and is flown during a State Visit on the day when the Head of State visits the Grave of The Unknown Warrior.

Other Flags

The Union Flag is flown on Remembrance Sunday.

The Flags of the National Saints; George, Andrew, and Patrick, are flown on their respective days, and the Welsh Dragon Flag is flown on St David's Day.

The Royal Air Force Flag is flown on the Commemoration of the Battle of Britain.

The Royal Standard is flown whenever the Sovereign is within the Abbey or its Precincts. It is also flown whenever the Sovereign opens Parliament, a privilege granted by King Edward VII.

A National Flag is flown on the day when the High Commission of a Commonwealth member state is represented at Evensong.

Flag day calendar


Sunday, 5th April 2020
Palm Sunday
St Peter flag

Monday, 6th April 2020
Monday of Holy Week
No Flag

Tuesday, 7th April 2020
Tuesday of Holy Week
No Flag

Wednesday, 8th April 2020
Wednesday of Holy Week
No Flag

Thursday, 9th April 2020
Maundy Thursday
No Flag

Friday, 10th April 2020
Good Friday
No Flag

Saturday, 11th April 2020
Holy Saturday
St Peter flag

Sunday, 12th April 2020
Easter Day
St Peter flag

Monday, 13th April 2020
Monday of Easter Week
St Peter flag

Tuesday, 14th April 2020
Tuesday of Easter Week
St Peter flag

Wednesday, 15th April 2020
Wednesday of Easter Week
St Peter flag

Thursday, 16th April 2020
Thursday of Easter Week
St Peter flag

Friday, 17th April 2020
Friday of Easter Week
St Peter flag

Saturday, 18th April 2020
Saturday of Easter Week
St Peter flag

Thursday, 23rd April 2020
St George
St George flag


Friday, 1st May 2020
St Philip and St James
St Peter flag

Thursday, 14th May 2020
St Mathias
St Peter flag

Monday, 18th May 2020
Foundation of the Order of the Bath
St Peter flag

Wednesday, 20th May 2020
Eve of the Ascension
St Peter flag

Thursday, 21st May 2020
Ascension Day
St Peter flag

Saturday, 30th May 2020
Eve of Pentecost
St Peter flag

Sunday, 31st May 2020
St Peter flag

Sunday, 31st May 2020
The Visitation of Our Lady to St Elizabeth
St Peter flag


Tuesday, 2nd June 2020
Coronation Day [1953]
St Peter flag

Saturday, 6th June 2020
Eve of Trinity
St Peter flag

Sunday, 7th June 2020
Trinity Sunday
St Peter flag

Thursday, 11th June 2020
Corpus Christi
St Peter flag

Thursday, 11th June 2020
St Barnabas
St Peter flag

Thursday, 25th June 2020
The Birth of St John The Baptist
St Peter flag

Sunday, 28th June 2020
Eve of St Peter
St Peter flag

Monday, 29th June 2020
St Peter
St Peter flag


Friday, 3rd July 2020
St Thomas
St Peter flag

Saturday, 11th July 2020
St Benedict
St Peter flag

Monday, 20th July 2020
St Margaret
St Peter flag

Thursday, 23rd July 2020
St Mary Magdalene
St Peter flag

Saturday, 25th July 2020
St James
St Peter flag

At different times of the day, or in different seasons, the light falling in the Abbey will light up something that you have walked past a million times and never seen before.

Vanessa, Head of Conservation

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