The oil that will be used to anoint British King Charles (74) during his coronation was consecrated in Jerusalem on Friday. The sacred mixture was brewed in great secrecy for months.
The coronation oil for King Charles was worked on for eight months in an average residential area in Hull, UK. Retired pastor and pharmacist Mark Hutton ventured into the special Biblical recipe.
It is based on the oil used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, a formula that has been used for hundreds of years. The oil is made from olives harvested from two groves on the Mount of Olives, near the Monastery of Mary Magdalene. The olives were pressed just outside Bethlehem.
The dedication ceremony took place in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. The oil was consecrated by the Patriarch of Jerusalem and the Anglican Archbishop. “It was my wish that a new coronation oil be produced with olive oil from the Mount of Olives. This shows the deep historical connection between the coronation, the Bible and the Holy Land,” said the Archbishop of Canterbury. “From ancient kings to modern-day monarchs have been anointed with oil from this sacred place. As we prepare to anoint the King and Queen Consort, I pray that they will be guided and strengthened by the Holy Spirit.”
Charles and Camilla will be anointed at Westminster Abbey in London during the coronation on May 6. This part of the coronation service takes place out of view of the public and cameras. The service contains various religious aspects and traditions.
King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla arrive in a procession, the so-called The King’s Procession, from Buckingham Palace. After the service, the royal couple will also return there, together with the rest of the royal family. At the end of the day, the Royal Family will greet the public from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Crown of Queen Mary
Queen consort Camilla will also be crowned. With the crown of Queen Mary, consort of King George V, grandfather of the late Queen Elizabeth II. It is the first time in years that an existing crown is used for the coronation of a consort. Normally, a new crown is made for these types of occasions, but in the context of sustainability and efficiency, this is now being deviated from, according to the palace.
The coronation of King Charles III on May 6 is surrounded by festivities. For example, on May 7 there is a special concert at Windsor Castle that is produced and broadcast live by the BBC.
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