Joe Biden will not attend the King’s Coronation next month, Report informs referring to The Telegraph.
The US president is “not expected” to join dozens of heads of state for the event on May 6, according to sources close to discussions, and will send a delegation in his place.
America is keen to counter any perception of a snub and show support for the King by sending high-profile representatives, with one possibility under consideration being that Jill Biden, the first lady, could attend.
Coronation guests have already been emailed by Buckingham Palace and told to “save the date” of the ceremony.
The event will be attended by heads of state from around the world, including from Ireland, France, Spain, Belgium, Japan, Hungary and Monaco. All three presidents of the EU – Ursula von der Leyen, Roberta Metsola and Charles Michel – will be there.
Humza Yousaf, the newly-elected First Minister of Scotland, has said he will attend despite being an avowed republican. However, he has also accepted an invitation to speak at a pro-independence rally in Glasgow on the same day.
The King this week made his first state visit as monarch, travelling to Germany after plans to also visit France were called off amid widespread protests over Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms.