In preparation for King Charles III’s coronation, the ancient Stone of Scone, often known as the Stone of Destiny, would be transported from Edinburgh Castle to London.
In preparation for King Charles III’s coronation, the Stone of Scone, a traditional emblem of the monarchy in both England and Scotland, will be moved from Edinburgh Castle to London. This 24-piece red granite, often known as the Stone of Destiny, was used for generations to inaugurate Scottish rulers until it was stolen by King Edward I in 1296 and incorporated into a throne at Westminster Abbey.
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, sat atop the stele at her own coronation ceremony in 1953, when she was barely 25 years old and the mother of King Charles III. Although a date for King Charles’ coronation has not yet been decided upon, it is widely expected that it will play a significant role in the celebration.
Stone of Scone will return to London for the coronation of King Charles III
In 1950, three years before Princess Elizabeth would come to the throne, a group of students from the University of Glasgow snuck into Westminster Abbey and stole the stone, which made headlines throughout the globe.
The crime was reported almost immediately, but the students eluded the police for many months until April 1951, when the stone was found amid the ruins of the ancient Arbroath Abbey in the Scottish town of Arbroath.
When asked about the theft years later, Hamilton, who later became a criminal lawyer, said, “I’ve represented a lot of dumb individuals over 30 years as a criminal lawyer but I doubt very much if I’ve defended anybody who was as daft as we were then.”
Following its official return to Scotland in 1996, the stone was placed in the stately Edinburgh Castle, not far from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where Queen Elizabeth’s coffin lay during the recent somber voyage from Balmoral.
Today, it is “one of the treasured artifacts on exhibit in the Crown Room,” which receives millions of visitors each year, according to the Edinburgh Castle website. Once a coronation takes place at Westminster Abbey, the stone will return to England from Scotland.
At the Royal Palace on the east side of Crown Square, you may see the Stone exhibited with the other Crown Jewels.
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced the stone will travel the 500 miles to London for the first coronation in almost 70 years, as reported by BBC News.