The only people that can be married in Westminster Abbey are members of the Royal Family, Order of the Bath members and their children, and anyone living in the Abbey’s Precincts.
Order of the Bath
The Order now consists of the Sovereign, a Great Master (presently the Prince of Wales, who was installed in 1975), and three classes of members, each of which is divided into civil and military divisions: Knights and Dames Grand Cross; Knights and Dames Commanders; Companions.
The Order is limited to 120 Knights and Dames Grand Cross, 355 Knights Commander and Dames Commander, and 1,925 Companions. In 1971 women were admitted to the Order. Non-British subjects, when admitted to the Order, are designated ‘honorary’ members, but are in fact full members of the Order. Recommendations are made by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
Besides the Abbey Church itself, within the Abbey precincts are St Margaret’s Church (the Church of the House of Commons), the Great and Little Cloisters and the stunning Chapter House and Museum. In the precincts are also Westminster School, strongly associated with the Abbey, and Westminster Abbey Choir School, which educates the Abbey’s choristers.
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