What happened behind the screen during King Charles III's coronation?

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By Nasima Khatun

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As Charles III is formally crowned the King of England and 14 other Commonwealth areas, some viewers have been left confused about one particular moment during the ceremony.

In preparation for the big day, there have been multiple rituals that were followed, even despite the 74-year-old throwing out a few in order to reflect a more "modern" monarchy.

However, one part of the coronation that was upheld was the sacred anointing ceremony, which saw King Charles de-robed and shielded from public view inside Westminster Abbey.

For those of you that might not be aware, the anointing ceremony sees a private moment between the King and God wherein Chrism oil, which was consecrated in Jerusalem, is placed on him.

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The tradition is crucial and dates back to the Old Testament and signifies the monarch’s divine right to the throne.

As per the official royal website for Coronation Day, this special oil has been "created using olives harvested from two groves on the Mount of Olives, at the Monastery of Mary Magdalene and the Monastery of the Ascension. The Monastery of Mary Magdalene is the burial place of His Majesty’s grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece."

The olives were pressed just outside Bethlehem and have been perfumed with essential oils which include sesame, rose, jasmine, cinnamon, neroli, benzoin, and amber - as well as orange blossom.

Speaking of the oil prior to the coronation, The Archbishop of Canterbury said: "I am honored and grateful that His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III and Archbishop Hosam Naoum have consecrated the oil that will be used to anoint His Majesty The King. I want to thank especially His Beatitude for providing this Coronation Oil, which reflects The King’s personal family connection with the Holy Land and his great care for its peoples.

"I am also delighted that the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem shared in the consecration of the oil."

He continued: "Since beginning the planning for the Coronation, my desire has been for a new Coronation Oil to be produced using olive oil from the Mount of Olives. This demonstrates the deep historic link between the Coronation, the Bible and the Holy Land. From ancient kings through to the present day, monarchs have been anointed with oil from this sacred place. As we prepare to anoint The King and The Queen Consort, I pray that they would be guided and strengthened by the Holy Spirit."

Now, being such a public and highly-televised event, you would think that every part of the ceremony will be available to watch, but this part was not.

The Archbishop of Canterbury added told the BBC that the ceremony is kept private as it is a moment between the King and God, as King Charles III prepares to bear the weight of the crown he is due to receive.

A royal source also told The Times that "Precedent has never been for it to be a publicly viewable moment, given its sanctity. A way has been found to ensure that remains the case this time."

While the moment was taking place though, people couldn't help but take to social media to talk about the confusing nature of the moment. Some even poked fun at the rutual.

King Charles' tunic was removed and then in his shirt, he retired behind the Anointing Screen and emerged a few minutes later where he was re-dressed in his golden robes - the ones which he went on to be formally crowned wearing.

Coming up, the King and Queen will return to Buckingham Palace for a larger ceremonial procession, known as The Coronation Procession. Their Majesties will be joined by other members of the Royal Family for this part of the event including the Prince and Princess of Wales, Princess Anne, and Prince Harry, who has flown in specially from the United States to be there for his father on such a momentous day.

After that, The King and The Queen are set to receive a Royal Salute in the Garden of Buckingham Palace from the Armed Forces taking part in the processions on the day.

Congratulations to the King and Queen!

Featured Image Credit: PA Images / Alamy

What happened behind the screen during King Charles III's coronation?

vt-author-image

By Nasima Khatun

Article saved!Article saved!

As Charles III is formally crowned the King of England and 14 other Commonwealth areas, some viewers have been left confused about one particular moment during the ceremony.

In preparation for the big day, there have been multiple rituals that were followed, even despite the 74-year-old throwing out a few in order to reflect a more "modern" monarchy.

However, one part of the coronation that was upheld was the sacred anointing ceremony, which saw King Charles de-robed and shielded from public view inside Westminster Abbey.

For those of you that might not be aware, the anointing ceremony sees a private moment between the King and God wherein Chrism oil, which was consecrated in Jerusalem, is placed on him.

size-large wp-image-1263210248
Credit: BBC

The tradition is crucial and dates back to the Old Testament and signifies the monarch’s divine right to the throne.

As per the official royal website for Coronation Day, this special oil has been "created using olives harvested from two groves on the Mount of Olives, at the Monastery of Mary Magdalene and the Monastery of the Ascension. The Monastery of Mary Magdalene is the burial place of His Majesty’s grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece."

The olives were pressed just outside Bethlehem and have been perfumed with essential oils which include sesame, rose, jasmine, cinnamon, neroli, benzoin, and amber - as well as orange blossom.

Speaking of the oil prior to the coronation, The Archbishop of Canterbury said: "I am honored and grateful that His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III and Archbishop Hosam Naoum have consecrated the oil that will be used to anoint His Majesty The King. I want to thank especially His Beatitude for providing this Coronation Oil, which reflects The King’s personal family connection with the Holy Land and his great care for its peoples.

"I am also delighted that the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem shared in the consecration of the oil."

He continued: "Since beginning the planning for the Coronation, my desire has been for a new Coronation Oil to be produced using olive oil from the Mount of Olives. This demonstrates the deep historic link between the Coronation, the Bible and the Holy Land. From ancient kings through to the present day, monarchs have been anointed with oil from this sacred place. As we prepare to anoint The King and The Queen Consort, I pray that they would be guided and strengthened by the Holy Spirit."

Now, being such a public and highly-televised event, you would think that every part of the ceremony will be available to watch, but this part was not.

The Archbishop of Canterbury added told the BBC that the ceremony is kept private as it is a moment between the King and God, as King Charles III prepares to bear the weight of the crown he is due to receive.

A royal source also told The Times that "Precedent has never been for it to be a publicly viewable moment, given its sanctity. A way has been found to ensure that remains the case this time."

While the moment was taking place though, people couldn't help but take to social media to talk about the confusing nature of the moment. Some even poked fun at the rutual.

King Charles' tunic was removed and then in his shirt, he retired behind the Anointing Screen and emerged a few minutes later where he was re-dressed in his golden robes - the ones which he went on to be formally crowned wearing.

Coming up, the King and Queen will return to Buckingham Palace for a larger ceremonial procession, known as The Coronation Procession. Their Majesties will be joined by other members of the Royal Family for this part of the event including the Prince and Princess of Wales, Princess Anne, and Prince Harry, who has flown in specially from the United States to be there for his father on such a momentous day.

After that, The King and The Queen are set to receive a Royal Salute in the Garden of Buckingham Palace from the Armed Forces taking part in the processions on the day.

Congratulations to the King and Queen!

Featured Image Credit: PA Images / Alamy