Abbey has been the site of a monastery since the 8th century
but it was the Anglo-Saxon monarch Edward
the Confessor who rebuilt it into the Abbey that is the
basis of the structure today.
Edward's death in 1066 he became the first of a long line of
monarchs to be buried there, a tradition that continued into
the 19th century when it was superceded by St George's Chapel
Castle. The spouse of the ruling monarch, or royal
consort, was often buried in the Abbey alongside them.
tradition which has continued up until the present day, began
the Conqueror, who on Christmas Day 1066 became the first
monarch to be crowned at the Abbey.
Edward III was originally buried at Kings Langley, Hertfordshire but
his body was moved in 1413 to Westminster Abbey. 2.Edward
V was one of the two "Princes
in the Tower" who were imprisoned and murdered in the Tower of
London in 1483. It was not until 1674 that what is believed to be
their skeletons were found in the Garden Tower and it was these bones
that were then buried at Westminster Abbey.
Queen of Scots was originally buried at Peterborough Cathedral, Northamptonshire.
In 1612 her son James I, had her body moved to Westminster Abbey.