Coronation Stone Arrives in London


Britain’s historic coronation stone arrived in London on April 29 for the coronation of King Charles iii. King Charles is to be crowned over the stone in Westminster Abbey on May 6.

Over 30 monarchs have been crowned over this stone of destiny since King Edward i brought it from Scotland to England in 1296. Queen Elizabeth ii sent the stone back to Scotland in 1996 on the 700th anniversary of its arrival to Westminster. According to the agreement that the Queen made with Scotland, the stone is to remain in Scotland except for the coronations of British monarchs.

A contentious stone: Countries have been willing to fight over the stone of Scone. According to Scottish chroniclers, King Fergus Mor moved the stone to the Isle of Iona from the Hill of Tara, Ireland, around a.d. 500. After his victory over the Picts, ninth-century Scottish King Kenneth MacAlpin moved the stone from the Isle of Iona to the town of Scone. King Edward i, after defeating the Scots at the Battle of Dunbar in 1296, captured the stone and brought it to London as a show of power.

The coronation stone has its origin in biblical Israel. Scottish annals say that the stone was brought to Ireland from Spain by a foreign prince and that it is the same stone that the biblical patriarch Jacob used as a pillow (Genesis 28:18-22).

A stone rejected: The people of Great Britain once believed in the history of that stone and were willing to fight for it. Many generations of Britons would have refused to let that stone be taken by another nation. Yet belief in the Bible has decreased and many are not interested in the stone.

The Scottish government rejected the stone to an extent when it announced in December 2020 that the stone was being moved from the much-visited city of Edinburgh, where the Scottish government is based, to the small city of Perth.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in 1996 that the stone of Scone was “the most precious physical thing on this Earth” at that time. When the British sent the stone to Scotland in 1996, Mr. Flurry wrote, “I also believe that Queen Elizabeth just made the worst decision of her life! And the British government has made the biggest mistake in its history! [England’s] actions have scorned the omnipotent living God. And there is going to be a terrifying penalty unless they repent.”

For proof of how Jacob’s pillar stone originated from biblical Israel, request a free copy of The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong. To learn why the royal family’s attitude toward the stone of Scone is significant, request a free copy of The New Throne of David, by Mr. Flurry.