A must for every royal tour of London is a visit to Westminster Abbey
. Since the coronations in 1066 of both King Harold and William the Conqueror, every English and British monarch has been crowned in Westminster Abbey.
Queen Elizabeth married Prince Philip in the abbey in 1947. Diana’s funeral was held there and William and Kate were married at Westminster.
Numerous ancient kings of England as well as prominent poets, writers, and other significant figures are buried on the grounds. The graves of such historic names as Chaucer, Tennyson and Dickens are all in found in the Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey. Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton are buried there and Stephen Hawking will soon join them.
The Abbey, dating back over 700 years, features stunning Gothic architecture both inside and out. The fan vault ceiling in the Henry VII chapel make it an architectural marvel, as well as a sight of historic importance. The tombs of many significant monarchs, including Henry VII, Elizabeth I, James I, and Mary, Queen of Scots, are found in the chapel.
Tours of the grounds are available and worshipers are free to enter the chapel for services on Sundays and religious holidays.
While the eyes of the world will be on Windsor Castle this May as Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle, you can still visit the site and many others and experience royalty first-hand – even if you don’t score an invite to the big event itself.