In the past, olive oil was widely used for religious rites and rituals, such as baptisms and at shrines, as well as to anoint the heads of kings, nobles and even victors. So, it comes as no surprise that the sacred oil used to anoint King Charles III will be olive oil!
The special liquid, called ‘Chrism oil’ is at the centre of the most sacred part of the coronation ceremony.
It takes place before the investiture and crowning. The Archbishop pours holy oil from the Ampulla (or vessel) into the spoon, and anoints the sovereign on the hands, breast and head.
The Chrism oil was created using olives harvested from groves on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and perfumed with sesame, rose, jasmine, cinnamon, neroli, benzoin and amber as well as orange blossom.