The coronation of Charles III. The Stone of Destiny will be borrowed from Scotland for the coronation of the king

For centuries, the 152-kilogram Stone of Destiny was part of the throne on which successive British monarchs sat during the coronation. Although it was returned to Scotland after 700 years, it will be returned to London for the coronation of King Charles III.

A spokeswoman for Historic Environment Scotland (HES) confirmed that the Stone of Destiny, also known as the Coronation Stone or Scone Stone, will be transferred from Edinburgh Castle to Westminster Abbey prior to the coronation of King Charles III and then returned Scotland. According to a statement on the organization’s website, the stone will be borrowed “for the duration of the coronation only”.

Scone stone, symbol of the Scottish monarchy

The emphasis that the famous stone will only be borrowed for a short time has its source in its turbulent history. As reported by The Telegraph, measuring approximately 65 cm long and 40 cm wide, 152 kg long sandstone block was used in the past for the coronation of the kings of Scotland and is seen as “a historic symbol of the Scottish monarchy”. According to records, in 841 he was transferred to the Abbey in Scone, to which it owes its original name.

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The King of England, Edward I, in 1296 ordered the Stone of Destiny to be taken from Scotland and incorporated into the new throne at Westminster Abbey in London. The throne with the stone was used in the coronations of successive rulers, including the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953.

Returned to Scotland after 700 years

In 1950, four students stole a stone from Westminster Abbey. He was found about three months later in Scotland, at the main altar of Arbroath Abbey, about 800 kilometers from London. He found his way back to Englandhowever, after another 46 years, it was finally officially returned to Scotland. The head of the local government Nicola Sturgeon In November 2020, it announced a plan to move the stone to Perth, which is near Scone, where it comes from.

For now, the stone will hit the coronation of Charles III. Although the date of the ceremony was not announced, experts royal family they speak of months of preparation. The coronation of Elizabeth II took place 16 months after she assumed power.

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