Plinth Box

Inscriptions 2013

Prince George of Cambridge is born on 22nd July

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples ) Bill becomes law

NASA announces that Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space; its launch was recorded by the Society in 1977

Inscriptions 2014

Scotland rejects independence in referendum. The UK remains united

Unrest in Ukraine leads to Russia annexing Crimea and 298 lives lost when a Malaysian airliner is shot down

Ceramic poppies fill the moat of the Tower of London to honour the dead of World War I

Allan Bradley retires after a record of 36 years as a ward councillor on Westminster City Council (1978 – 2014)

Inscriptions 2015

On 9 September 2015, 63 years, seven months and two days after her accession, Queen Elizabeth II becomes our longest-reigning monarch

NASA’s New Horizons space probe orbits and photographs Pluto on 14 July 2015

Thousands of migrants die in mass flight to Europe from war-torn countries in Middle East, Africa and Asia

OPEC forces oil price drop from $115 to $40 per barrel

Inscriptions 2016

A UK referendum results in a vote to leave the European Union

The Great Britain and Northern Ireland team comes second in the international medal table for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

A newly formed charity, The Friends of the Past Overseers’ Society, awards its first grant to an apprentice in silver hand engraving

Inscriptions 2017

HRH the Duke of Edinburgh retires after 70 years of public service

National outrage over death toll in fire at Kensington apartment block Grenfell Tower

Record strength Caribbean hurricanes wreak havoc and raise climate change fears

Inscriptions 2018

Worldwide reprisals against Russia after fatal nerve agent attack in Salisbury

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries open to acclaim in Westminster Abbey’s triforium

Alastair Cook retires as England’s highest runscorer and James Anderson is fast bowling’s leading wicket taker runscorer and James Anderson is fast

Inscriptions 2019

Supreme Court unanimously overrules Government’s unlawful exercise of Royal Prerogative in proroguing Parliament

World-wide disruption caused by protests for immediate action to tackle climate change

Westminster Abbey celebrates 750th anniversary of rebuilding by Henry III

Political turmoil continues as nation remains divided over European Union withdrawal