The Stone of Scone returns to London for the coronation of Charles III


A member of the Royal Archers escorts an Army Land Rover carrying the Stone of Destiny across the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

A member of the Royal Archers escorts an Army Land Rover carrying the Stone of Destiny across the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

The Stone of Fate, also known as the Stone of Scone, has been confirmed to be moved from Edinburgh Castle to London for the coronation of the new King.

When Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey in 1953, her throne rested on stone.

However, historical artifacts returned to Scotland more than a quarter of a century agoit will be moved to London for a ceremony involving her son.

A date for Charles III’s coronation has not yet been announced.

Scone stones as they were returned to Scotland during a ceremony in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle – GARY DOAK / Alamy Stock Photo / Alamy

Scone stones as they were returned to Scotland during a ceremony in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle – GARY DOAK / Alamy Stock Photo / Alamy

However, a spokesperson for Historic Environment Scotland (HES) confirmed: The staff moves the stone of fate Go to Westminster Abbey before the coronation, then return to Scotland. “

HES manages many historic sites in Scotland, including Edinburgh Castle, whose stone is displayed in the Crown Room.

As stated on the HES website:Stone only leaves Scotland again for coronation at Westminster Abbey.”

Said to be a coarse-grained pinkish buff sandstone, the Stone of Fate is considered a historical symbol of the Scottish monarchy and has been used in the inauguration of Scottish kings for centuries. I got

The Duke of York at the 1996 ceremony to return the stone to Scotland - Reuters

The Duke of York at the 1996 ceremony to return the stone to Scotland – Reuters

However, in 1296, the then King of England, Edward I, moved the castle from Scotland and built a new throne at Westminster Abbey in London.

It was returned to Scotland on St Andrew’s Day in November 1996.

In 1950, four Scottish students famously stole a stone from Westminster Abbey in London. About three months later, it was found at the altar of Arbroath Abbey, 500 miles away.

In November 2020, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced: Plans to move stone to Perth.