Westminster Abbey to honour the late Professor Stephen Hawking

On 20 March 2018, Westminster Abbey released a statement that the late Professor Stephen Hawking who passed away on 14 March 2018, would be honoured with a Special Thanksgiving Service, during which his ashes would be interred at the Abbey; a second statement was released on 28 March to confirm that this would now be scheduled to take place on Friday 15 June, with further details to be announced…
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The Tomb of Mary, Queen of Scots at Westminster Abbey

“Mary Queen of Scots”. These were the words I overheard from a visitor, passing their comment on the magnificent canopy tomb in the south aisle of the Lady Chapel at Westminster Abbey, erected on the orders of James I to house the remains of his mother, transferred from their first burial place of Peterborough Cathedral to the Abbey in 1612. However, tombs can tell only part of the truth…
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Stained-glass window of Her Majesty to be designed by David Hockney for Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey announced on Tuesday, 22 November that influential contemporary painter David Hockney has accepted an invitation to design a stained-glass window at the Abbey to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Though the Abbey will provide input, Mr Hockney will have artistic control over the design and in a statement posted on the Westminster Abbey website alongside the announcement…
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Royal Burials: Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey has been entwined with royalty since its foundation. All but two coronations have taken place there, as have 16 royal weddings (beginning with that of King Henry I of England to Matilda of Scotland, and most recently that of the Duke and Duchess of…
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Queen makes alternative entrance at State Opening of Parliament for first time in 63 years

In the most public concession yet of her age, The Queen took a lift to the Robing Room in the Palace of Westminster for this morning’s State Opening of Parliament, the first time in her 63 years of attending. The 90-year-old monarch, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, 94, avoided the 26 steps of the Sovereign’s staircase, in a move described by aides as a “modest…
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