Leaders from around the World have begun to arrive at Buckingham Palace ahead of King Charles’ Coronation ceremony for a star-studded reception hosted by the King and Queen Camilla. Representatives from 203 countries are due to attend the historic ceremony in Westminster Abbey on Saturday.
Among those VIPs attending the glamours reception is the First Lady of the United States Jill Biden and Princess Mary of Danemark.
They were joined by the wife of Ukraine’s President Volodymr Zelensky, Olena Zelenska.
Although Beatrix will not be present at Westminster Abbey for the coronation, the Dutch royal family will still be represented by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, who will attend the ceremony tomorrow.
In addition to the royal families of Bhutan, Jordan, Tonga, and Thailand, the Mori king of New Zealand, the imperial house of Japan, and the former royal houses of Bulgaria, Romania, and Greece will also be represented by delegations from nine European countries.
As part of the Coronation build-up, King Charles also held a meeting with leaders of the Commonwealth of Nations, which is comprised of 56 countries and which he also presides over.
He also hosted a luncheon for prime ministers and representatives of the 14 other countries where he serves as head of state, including Canada and Australia.
Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak are among the government officials who have arrived at Buckingham Palace this evening.
Earlier in the day, Mr Sunak met with several world leaders to discuss climate change, trade, and sports before the coronation of King Charles. Among those he met were the prime ministers of Australia and New Zealand, the Emir of Qatar, and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Climate change and trade were the main topics of discussion, and the ongoing war in Ukraine was also mentioned during the series of brief engagements.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese praised the recently agreed UK-Australian free trade deal and looked forward to it coming into effect at the end of the month, citing the opportunities it would provide for businesses in both countries
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