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The Hidden Meaning Behind King Charles’s Coronation Cross

King Charles III went all out for his coronation ceremony, and the cross that led the procession yesterday morning is quite the historic symbol. In fact, some believe that this artifact contains two pieces from the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified.

These relics were given to King Charles by Pope Francis, and according to CNN, the new monarch had the fragments incorporated into the Cross of Wales, which is soon being presented to the Church in Wales to mark its centenary.

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The back of the cross contains a quote in Welsh from the final sermon of St. David. Translated to English, these words say: “Be joyful. Keep the faith. Do the little things.”

According to the BBC, the Cross of Wales contains two fragments of wood that are believed to be from the True Cross. These fragments were shaped into a tiny cross and placed in a disc that was hammered into the center. The piece was designed by silversmith Michael Lloyd, and it was created with slate, reclaimed wood and silver from the Royal Mint in Llantrisant.

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King Charles even had a part in the cross's making, as he hammered the hallmark onto the silver.

During the procession, the Cross of Wales was carried at the very front, and it wasn't the only nod to Wales in the ceremony. There were also Welsh musical performances, the incorporation of the Welsh language and the presentation of the Sceptre with Dove to King Charles from the Archbishop of Wales, Andrew John.

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Talk about a meaningful symbol.

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