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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.

The Commonwealth Service

The Commonwealth Service

Monday, 9th March 2020

3.00pm - 4.00pm | The Abbey | Attendance by invitation only

ANZAC Day service

ANZAC Day service

Saturday, 25th April 2020

12.00pm - 1.00pm | The Abbey | Tickets by application

VE Day 75th service

VE Day 75th service

Friday, 8th May 2020

12.00pm - 1.00pm | The Abbey | Attendance by invitation only

Lord Burghley 500th anniversary service

Lord Burghley 500th anniversary service

Thursday, 25th June 2020

11.30am - 12.30pm | The Abbey | Attendance by invitation only

Past special services

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

St Margaret’s holds a Service for the New Parliament

St Margaret’s holds a Service for the New Parliament

Wednesday, 8th January 2020

Abbey honour for Sir Donald Gosling

Abbey honour for Sir Donald Gosling

Wednesday, 11th December 2019

Abbey hosts annual St Cecilia service

Abbey hosts annual St Cecilia service

Wednesday, 20th November 2019

Dr David Hoyle installed as 39th Dean of Westminster

Dr David Hoyle installed as 39th Dean of Westminster

Saturday, 16th November 2019

Members of the Royal Family honour war dead

Members of the Royal Family honour war dead

Thursday, 7th November 2019

John Hall retires as Dean of Westminster

John Hall retires as Dean of Westminster

Friday, 1st November 2019

See more reports of Special Services held at Westminster Abbey.

The Shrine of St Edward the Confessor is one of the most powerful features of the Abbey. To stand in the presence of a man who is both a saint and a monarch is awe-inspiring.

The Reverend Christopher Stoltz - Minor Canon

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