This is an acorn of mass destruction. It’s stored in a small box with room for six but only containing the one.
A strange, mystical box, with many rumours attached, that does not want to reveal its secret…
The ruling family depends on some magical artifact or place to secure their right to rule. A monarch isn't considered legitimate until he or she has been "accepted" by the artifact or place, whatever that might entail. It is also possible that some one else, not of the ruling family, could be accepted as the legitimate heir... A fact which the monarchs would like to keep secret.