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Charles III: President Joe Biden will not attend the king’s coronation

US President Joe Biden has announced that he will not attend the coronation of Charles III at Westminster on May 6.

You won’t have to look for Joe Biden among the roughly 2,000 people expected at Westminster Abbey in London on May 6. The President of the United States announced on Tuesday, April 4 that he will not be attending the coronation of King Charles III. His wife Jill Biden will represent the United States.

According to the White House, Joe Biden mentioned his absence during a phone interview with Charles III on Tuesday. In a statement released later, the US president expressed his delight at meeting the British monarch ‘soon’. He is touring the UK and Ireland from April 11-14.

Three days of celebrations

A reason for her absence during the coronation ceremony was not given, but Jill Biden expressed her “interest in attending the ceremony on behalf of the United States”. At the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953, President Eisenhower also did not attend. The Biden spouses, on the other hand, attended the sovereign’s funeral in London last year.

Beyond the coronation, three days of celebrations have been organized in the United Kingdom from May 6. A “big lunch” is planned especially with neighborhood parties, as well as a concert at Windsor Castle, which can be attended by 10,000 British people.

According to the White House, Joe Biden and Charles III used a phone interview on Tuesday to “salute the unifying power of the relationship. [leurs] We congratulate each other for the friendship between the two countries [leurs] Two People”.

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