King Charles’ coronation ‘no event Biden will attend’: report

King Charles III’s coronation ceremony will be the first in 70 years, however, it is ‘not the sort of event (President of the United States) Joe Biden would attend’. Biden’s travel schedule for May has not yet been finalized, according to a White House official, as cited by Time.

The coronation ceremony will be held on 6 May and according to Westminster Abbey, formal invitations will be sent out ‘in due course’.

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Biden’s Irish ancestry on his mother’s side causes him trouble as he has often expressed his contempt for the monarchy that was responsible for colonizing Ireland for hundreds of years. He cites his mother, Catherine ‘Jean’ Biden, as telling him not to bow to Queen Elizabeth when they first met her in 1982.

If Biden does not attend the ceremony, he will be accompanied by then US President Dwight Eisenhower, who also did not attend Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953. After becoming president, Biden installed a statue of then British Prime Minister Winston Churchill from the Oval Office, which was installed by Donald Trump

After the death of the Queen, Charles became king in September. Both US President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden attended the Queen’s funeral.

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