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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

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


Monday, 30th November 2020
St Andrew’s Day


Tuesday, 8th December 2020
Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
St Peter flag

Thursday, 24th December 2020
Christmas Eve
St Peter flag

Friday, 25th December 2020
Christmas Day
St Peter flag

Saturday, 26th December 2020
St Stephen
St Peter flag

Sunday, 27th December 2020
St John
St Peter flag

Monday, 28th December 2020
The Holy Innocents
St Peter flag

Thursday, 31st December 2020
Eve of The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus
St Peter flag


Saturday, 2nd January 2021
The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus
St Peter flag

Tuesday, 5th January 2021
Eve of Epiphany, Death of St Edward the Confessor
St Peter flag

Wednesday, 6th January 2021
St Peter flag

Monday, 25th January 2021
Conversion of St Paul
St Peter flag


Monday, 1st February 2021
Eve of Presentation of Christ in the Temple
St Peter flag

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021
Presentation of Christ in the Temple
St Peter flag

Friday, 26th February 2021
Ash Wednesday
St Peter flag


Tuesday, 2nd March 2021
St David’s Day
Red Dragon flag

Saturday, 13th March 2021
Commonwealth Day
Abbey flag and Royal Standard

Wednesday, 17th March 2021
St Patrick’s Day
St Patrick flag

Saturday, 20th March 2021
St Joseph
St Peter flag

Wednesday, 24th March 2021
Eve of the Annunciation
St Peter flag

Thursday, 25th March 2021
The Annunciation
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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