Stone of Scone returns to England for coronation of Charles III
The Stone of Scone (or Stone of Destiny) is to be brought back to Westminster Abbey for the coronation of Charles III.
The stone, a block of coarse-grained, pinkish buff sandstone, was returned to Scotland in 1996, having been taken by England’s King Edward I in 1296 and used for his coronation. It had been used for centuries before that for the coronation of Scottish kings.
In England, it became part of the coronation ceremony of English monarchs, including Queen Elizabeth II, who was crowned in 1953 and whose funeral was on 19 September.
It had been built into a throne in Westminster Abbey, where it stayed for 700 years, until it was returned to Scotland on Scottish patron saint St Andrew’s Day on the 700th anniversary of its removal – and the year before the independence referendum, when the Scots voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. It has been in Edinburgh Castle since then.
Historic Environment Scotland (HES), which manages Edinburgh Castle, announced the stone would be used in King Charles III's coronation. Afterwards it will return to the castle's Crown Room.
HES has always said: "The stone will only leave Scotland again for a coronation in Westminster Abbey."