Westminster Abbey was founded in the 600s! It has been used for the coronations of the British monarch since 1066 and has seen fourteen royal weddings. The next royal wedding will be on 29 April 2011 between Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
The Abbey has also seen the burial of seventeen monarchs and many many famous people. The clock makers George Graham and Thomas Tompion (considered the father of English Clock making) are also buried here in the centre part of the nave.
The Duke of Edinburgh unveiled a memorial stone here on 24th March 2006 to John Harrison, inventor of the marine chronometer. The inscription on the stone is:
1693 - 1776
Westminster Abbey with the Clock Tower (Big Ben) in the background.
Westminster Abbey Clock
Westminster Abbey Clock Tower