8th August 1296

Edward I takes the Stone of Scone

Almost all British monarchs since the 14th century have been crowned while sitting on the Stone of Scone, also known as the Stone of Destiny, which Edward I took from Scotland during the First Scottish War of Independence.

It was installed in King Edward’s Chair at Westminster Abbey, from which it was removed on Christmas Day 1950 and taken back to Scotland. It was recovered the following year and brought back to London. Almost half a century later, in 1996, it was agreed that Scotland was the Stone’s rightful home, and it was returned. It will stay in Scotland when not required for coronations.



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