General view of the Stone of Destiny

The Stone of Destiny

The Stone of Destiny is an ancient symbol of Scotland’s monarchy, used for centuries in the coronation of its kings. Seen as a sacred object linked to the patriarch Jacob, the stone was said to have come first to Ireland, then Scotland.

In 1296, King Edward I of England took the stone from Scone, near Perth, and had it built into his throne. From then on, it was used in the coronation ceremonies of the monarchs of England and then Great Britain.

On Christmas Day 1950, four Scottish students removed the stone from Westminster Abbey in London. Three months later it turned up 500 miles away – at the door of Arbroath Abbey.

In 1996, the stone was returned to Scotland. Today, it is one of the priceless treasures on display in the Crown Room, visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year. The stone will only leave Scotland again for a coronation in Westminster Abbey.

The Stone is displayed alongside the Crown Jewels in the Royal Palace on the east side of Crown Square. The entrance is via the door at the foot of the clock tower (there are two entrances in the summer to avoid queues).