The Most Eyebrow-Raising Elements of King Charles’ Coronation, Explained

The Stone of Destiny. A very fancy spoon. Shards from Jesus' cross??? And of course, some light gossip...


The Coronation Spoon

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The Coronation Spoon
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This actually does look like quite a fancy spoon, to be fair, but the phrase “coronation spoon” has sent me into paroxysms of cackles over the past few days.

“The silver-gilt spoon has an oval bowl, divided into two lobes, engraved with acanthus scrolls,” according to the Royal Collection Trust. And though its first recorded mention came in 1349, it dates back to long before then. To risk going a bit too much into British history, this spoon survived Oliver Cromwell’s purge of coronation regalia in the mid-1600s, so it is the oldest object (besides the Stone of Destiny of course) to be used during the ceremony, the Guardian reported. Neat!!

That eagle is an ampulla, which will store the chrism oil used to anoint Charles. A bit of oil will be poured into the coronation spoon, and the Archbishop of Canterbury will dip his fingers into the coronation spoon during the anointing process.

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