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Business News/ News / World/  US President Joe Biden, no fan of British monarchy, unlikely to attend King Charles’ coronation
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US President Joe Biden, no fan of British monarchy, unlikely to attend King Charles’ coronation

Then US President Dwight Eisenhower did not attend the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953.

US President Joe Biden reacts to questions from journalists moments before departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on March 3, 2023, as he travels to Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP) (AFP)Premium
US President Joe Biden reacts to questions from journalists moments before departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on March 3, 2023, as he travels to Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP) (AFP)

US President Joe Biden is unlikely to attend the coronation of King Charles III, according to White House officials. The coronation ceremony will take place on May 6 at Westminster Abbey, and formal invitations will be sent out in April.

Although foreign governments have been notified of the intention to invite foreign monarchs and world leaders, it is unclear who will attend the event. A spokesperson for the British Embassy in Washington has told TIME that Buckingham Palace will release an update on who is confirmed to attend the coronation "in due course".

Biden's discomfort with the British monarchy stems from his Irish heritage on his mother’s side, whose family he grew up with in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and who often expressed disdain for the monarchy that brutally colonised the island of Ireland for hundreds of years.

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In his memoir, Promises to Keep, Biden recalled how his mother Catherine “Jean" Biden taught him that authority figures were no better than he was just because of their position. When he met Queen Elizabeth for the first time in 1982, she told him not to bow down to her. This sentiment may play a role in Biden's decision not to attend the coronation ceremony.

Biden's absence would not be the first by a US president; President Dwight Eisenhower did not attend the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. Buckingham Palace is reportedly struggling to secure A-list British entertainers for the ceremony.

All the big British pop stars were on the invite list: Adele, Harry Styles, Robbie Williams, Elton John, and of course, The Spice Girls. But, none of them has agreed to perform at the coronation. Now, it remains to be seen which world leaders will attend the event.

Also Read: Big celebs refuse to perform at King Charles’ coronation

Queen Elizabeth’s death after a 70-year reign has led to speculation about the future of the monarchy with King Charles III at the helm. The upcoming coronation ceremony will be a watershed moment in Britain’s history, and the absence of President Biden would be a notable development in the event's attendance.

Biden and First Lady Jill Biden had attended Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, and Biden expressed his desire to maintain a close relationship with the new King.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and sports. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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Published: 04 Mar 2023, 06:05 AM IST
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