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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public worship will resume in the Abbey from 3rd December, and we will be open for visiting on selected days from 11th December.

In the meantime, the Abbey remains open for individual prayer and you are welcome to visit at the following times:

Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Princess Beatrice’s wedding bouquet rests on Warrior’s grave

Saturday, 18th July 2020

Princess Beatrice’s wedding bouquet rests on Warrior’s grave

HRH Princess Beatrice of York has sent the bouquet she carried during her wedding at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, to Westminster Abbey to rest on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

The granddaughter of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh married Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a private service on Friday.

The tradition of royal brides sending their bouquets to rest on the Warrior's grave was begun by HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, at her marriage to King George VI in 1923. On her way into the Abbey, she paused to lay her flowers in memory of her brother Fergus who was killed in 1915 at the Battle of Loos during the First World War. Since then, brides including HM The Queen, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Beatrice's sister, HRH Princess Eugenie, have continued the tradition.

The Warrior's Grave stands as a remarkable tribute both to the fallen of the First World War and to all those who have died since in international military conflict.

In 1920, the Reverend David Railton, a First World War army padre, suggested that an unknown soldier from the battlefield should be brought back to Britain for burial as a representative for all who had died. The grave remains a focus for pilgrimage and a powerful symbol, known across the world, of the sacrifice, suffering and bravery brought by war. It is the only grave or memorial in the Abbey which is never walked over.

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I’ve worked here for over thirty years and have seen many of the major services - it’s strange to realise that you are in a small way part of history.

Pamela - Rector's Secretary

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