King Charles III’s Anointing Ceremony
King Charles III’s anointing ceremony took place nearly 70 years after his late mothers. On May 6, 2023, he underwent the holy ceremony, and the differences between his and his mother’s anointing ceremonies are pretty noticeable. Rather than a simple awning, the King was completely shielded from view by a partition embroidered with a tree of the Commonwealth and angels. A choir sang “Zadok the Priest,” a triumphant and reverent hymn, while the ceremony took place. While these differences are notable, there were also some similarities. Both Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III removed their royal attire and received the anointing in plain white clothes as a symbolic way of humbling themselves to God.