The Chrism oil, which will be used to anoint Queen Camilla and King Charles III, had been consecrated in Jerusalem.
The ceremony took place on 3 March in The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The oil was consecrated by the Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III, and the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, The Most Reverend Hosam Naoum.
The olives used in the oil came from two groves on the Mount of Olives, at the Monastery of Mary Magdalene and the Monastery of the Ascension. King Charles’s grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, is buried in the Monastery of Mary Magdalene. The olives were pressed just outside Bethlehem.
Essential oils have been added for perfume; sesame, rose, jasmine, cinnamon, neroli, benzoin, orange blossom and amber.
The Archbishop of Canterbury said: “I am honoured 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.
“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.”