The Stone of Scone, Scottish Gaelic: An Lia Fàil, also known as the Stone of Destiny and often referred to in England as The Coronation Stone, is an oblong block of red sandstone, used for centuries in the coronation of the monarchs of Scotland and later the monarchs of England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom.
The Stone of Scone, also known as the Coronation Stone or the Stone of Destiny, until very recently rested on a shelf beneath the seat of the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey in London (it has now been returned to Scotland).
Legend says that the Stone of Destiny was used as a pillow by Jacob in biblical times. It was believed to have been brought to Scotland in the 9th century. (Other experts suggest it was quarried in the Oban area)
Coronation Chair at Westminster Abbey shows the Scot's Stone of Scone beneath the seat. The stone has been returned to Scotland since it is their coronation stone. The English had it for over 700 years and just returned it in 1996. I've seen the stone as well as this chair. The stone is kept in the Crown Room at Edinburgh Castle, but will be returned to this chair during any coronations.
On this day 3rd July, 1996 it was announced that the Stone of Scone, the symbol of Scottish nationalism, stolen by Edward ! of England in 1296 was to be returned to Scotland from Westminster Abbey where it had been used in the coronation of 30 British monarchs