The Coronation Throne in Westminster Abbey, London
This is the throne that our present Queen Elizabeth was crowned on in
1953. It was made for Edward I, Longshanks, to hold the Stone of Destiny
which he had looted from the Scots. Prior to its theft, this stone was
used during the coronation of all Scottish kings because it was regarded
as a very holy relic. It was thought to be Joseph's pillow described in
the Old Testament, when Joseph had the dream of wrestling with an angel.
My cousin, an avid Scottish Nationalist, tried to steal it back for
Scotland, some years ago. He took a trolley to wheel
this very heavy lump of rock out of Westminster Abbey. As soon as he
touched the stone, alarms sounded. He continued setting up his equipment
for removing the stone from its slot under the throne. The minutes passed.
Nobody came to see what the alarm was about. But just as he had it lifted
out the ropes on his pulley slipped, the
stone plummeted onto the trolley causing its axles to break. He couldn't
move it. So he waited patiently for the police to arrive, and went
quietly. Because they recognised that he wasn't really a criminal and only
wanted to make a political statement, the authorities fined him rather
than sentencing him to a term of prison.
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