The Coronation Chair, Confessor's Chapel

Westminster Abbey

The second Coronation Chair, made in 1689 for Queen Mary, wife of William III., on the model of the old one, was last used by Queen Adelaide in 1831. The original contains under its seat the famous stone of Scone, the emblem of the power of the Scottish Princes, and traditionally said to be that used by the patriarch Jacob as a pillow. The stone was brought to London by Edward I. in 1297. Every English monarch since that date has be crowned in this chair. [text accompanying photograph]

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