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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.


A Service to Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the NHS

Thursday, 5th July 2018

12:00pm - 1:00pm | The Abbey


A Service to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the RAF

Tuesday, 10th July 2018

10.30am - 11.30am | The Abbey


A Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the life and work of Sir Peter Hall CBE

Tuesday, 11th September 2018

12.00pm - 1.00pm | The Abbey | Free

Past special services

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

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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