The Stone of Scone also known as the Stone of Destiny, referred to in England as The Coronation Stone, is an 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 kept at the now-ruined Scone Abbey in Scone, near Perth, Scotland. In 1296, the stone was captured by Edward I as spoils of war and taken to Westminster Abbey and fitted into a wooden chair - known as King Edward's Chair - on which most subsequent English sovereigns have been crowned. On Christmas Day 1950, four Scottish students removed the stone from Westminster Abbey for return to Scotland. A major search for the stone was ordered by the British Government, but proved unsuccessful. The custodians left the stone on the altar of Arbroath Abbey on 11 April 1951, in the safekeeping of the Church of Scotland. The Stone was returned to Westminster four months after it was removed. The Stone was last used in 1953 for the coronation of Elizabeth II. On 3 July 1996, it was announced in the House of Commons that the Stone would be returned to Scotland, and on 15 November 1996 it was transported to Edinburgh Castle. The Stone arrived in the Castle on 30 November 1996 & it remains alongside the crown jewels of Scotland in the Crown Room.