03 July 2016
The Stone of Scone was returned to Scotland on 3 July 1996
On this day in history, 1996: The Stone of Scone is returned to Scotland. This oblong block of red sandstone was used for centuries in the coronation of the monarchs of Scotland, and later the monarchs of England and the Kingdom of Great Britain It was last used in the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, having been homed in Westminster Abbey since Edward I had originally captured the stone in 1296. The stone retained its place in Scottish hearts over the centuries, even leading it to being stolen on Christmas Day 1950 by four Scottish students with Nationalist sympathies. The stone now resides in the Crown Room of Edinburgh Castle, alongside the Crown Jewels.