Westminster Abbey

THE Royal Church. Home to the coronation of every Monarch since Christmas Day, 1066 and William the Conqueror, right up until our present day Queen, Elizabeth II, crowned on June 2nd, 1953.

Then there is of course the weddings, the Queen herself was married here six years prior to her coronation as was her mother and most recently her grandson Prince William to Kate Middleton.

Right up until 1760 and the death of George II, the Abbey was also the place of burial for British Kings and Queens, today the monarchy are buried at Windsor Castle. In addition to its royal burials the Abbey is also the resting place to some of the country’s most famous people from all walks of life throughout history. Sir Isaac Newton, the founder of gravity, Charles Dickens the great Victorian novelist and David Livingstone, the famous missionary and explorer are just a few of the names buried here. The most famous of all tombs however is that of the Unknown Warrior (representing all those that lost their lives in combat), taken from the battlefields in the First World War and the only grave upon which no one walks, not even the Royal Family.

All this history within one of the most beautiful churches in the world, begun in 1245 and completed 500 years later. Built in the Gothic style and lit throughout by huge Waterford Crystal chandeliers, a gift from the Guinness family.

As well as a place of history the Abbey is a place of worship under the Church of England and along with the Houses of Parliament and the adjoining church of St Margaret’s is a UNESCO World Heritage Sight.