The Coronation of King George VI (1895-1952)', 12 May 1937. The anointing of King George VI. The anointing is the most religious part of the coronation ceremony and is hidden from public view by a golden canopy. The canopy is held above the monarch by four Knights of the Garter. From The Pageant of Kingship cigarette card series, issued by Peter Jackson Ltd., 1937.