London Trivia: Anointing oil recipe

On 2 June 1953 the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey, the recipe for the Anointing Oil contains oils of orange, roses, cinnamon, musk and ambergris. Usually a batch is made to last a few Coronations, but in May 1941 a bomb hit the Deanery destroying the phial, so a new batch was made. The Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary, aged 81 was the first Queen to see a grandchild ascend to the throne.

On 2 June 1938 the children’s zoo opened at London Zoo by American Ambassador Joe Kennedy’s young sons Teddy and Bobby siblings to John Kennedy

Bow Street was the only police station to have white lights outside instead of the traditional blue – they were ordered by Queen Victoria

The golden flames on top of St. Paul’s lean in the direction the wind was blowing on the night of the Great Fire

In 1637 playwright Ben Jonson was buried upright in Westminster Abbey as he couldn’t afford to pay for a larger space

London’s epic Parliament Square peace protestor (no one else can permanently stay there) Brian Haw, born 1949 stood there since 2 June 2001 until his death in 2011

Harry Potter’s magic luggage trolley sticks out of a wall between platforms 8/9 not 9/10 because J. K.Rowling was thinking of Euston

Until recently Londoners consumed a prodigious amount of champagne, by volume they equalled the entire amount exported by France to America

In the 18th century at the Cat & Mutton, Broadway Market hosted the Soapy Pig Swinging Contest, drovers lathered a pig’s tail and hurled it

The colourful benches on the Southeastern High Speed platform in St Pancras are the five chopped-up Olympic rings once hanging there in 2012

On 2 June 1953 among the many foreign journalists at the Coronation was Jacqueline Bouvier (later America’s First Lady, Jackie Kennedy), who was working for the Washington Times-Herald at the time

On 2 June 1975 London recorded the first time snow fell in London in June, a county cricket match between Essex and Kent played in Colchester was interrupted by the snow

CabbieBlog-cab.gifTrivial Matter: London in 140 characters is taken from the daily Twitter feed @cabbieblog. A guide to the symbols used here and source material can be found on the Trivial Matter page.

2 thoughts on “London Trivia: Anointing oil recipe”

  1. Fascinating stuff. I’m passing the link onto my hubby (who isn’t a natural blog follower) who lived and worked in and around London all his working life and will, I’m sure, be fascinated too.


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