THE anointing of King Charles is the most sacred part of the coronation ceremony.
But what do they use, you ask? Here’s everything you need to know.
What do they anoint King Charles with?
At the coronation of King Charles on May 6, the Archbishop of Canterbury will anoint the king.
According to the Royal Collection Trust, the archbishop will pour holy oil from the vessel (ampulla) into a gilt silver spoon with an oval bowl.
Then he will dip his fingers in the holy oil and anoint the sovereign on his hands, breasts and head.
The holy oil used to anoint King Charles was consecrated at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem by the Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III, and the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, The Most Reverend Hosam Naoum.
The special liquid is called chrism oil and was made from olives from two groves on the Mount of Olives, one of which is in the Monastery of Mary Magdalene, the burial place of Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Greece.
It has also been scented with essential oils such as sesame, rose, jasmine, cinnamon and orange blossom.
Oil has played one of the most important roles in ceremonies for centuries, as it signifies God’s blessing.
Speaking of the special liquid, the Archbishop of Canterbury said: “From the very beginning of planning for the Coronation, my desire has been to create a new Coronation oil using olive oil from the Mount of Olives.
“This shows the deep historical connection between the coronation, the Bible and the Holy Land.
“From ancient kings to the present day, monarchs have been anointed with oil from this sacred place.
“As we prepare to anoint the king and queen, I pray that they will be guided and strengthened by the Holy Spirit.”
Camilla, Queen Consort, is also anointed with holy oil and crowned
The anointing was the only moment of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953 that was not televised.
It has yet to be confirmed how King Charles’ coronation will be viewed publicly, but it is expected to be televised in the same way his mothers did.