Westminster Abbey is an architectural masterpiece of the 13th to 16th centuries. It also featured in a number of major points in British history; the Confessor's Shrine, the tombs of Kings and Queens, and countless memorials to the famous and the great. Westminster Abbey has been the setting for every Coronation since 1066 as well as for numerous other Royal occasions.

It is still today a church that is dedicated to regular worship and though neither a cathedral nor a parish church, it is a "Royal Peculiar" under the jurisdiction of a Dean and Chapter, subject only to the Sovereign. In 1965-66, the Abbey celebrated its 900th anniversary, taking as its theme 'One People'. This theme seemed to be fitting for a church which, through a long history of involvement with the developing life of the English people, has produced a world-wide outreach.

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