King Charles III’s upcoming coronation ceremony will be a historic event, as it will be the first such ceremony in 70 years. However, it seems that United States President Joe Biden may not be attending, according to a White House official who stated that Biden’s itinerary for May has not yet been finalized. The event is scheduled for May 6, and Westminster Abbey has noted that the sending of invitations will be started very soon. Biden’s Irish heritage may be a factor in his reluctance to attend the ceremony, as he has been critical of the British monarchy’s role in the colonization of Ireland for many years. In fact, his mother Catherine ‘Jean’ Biden reportedly restricted him from bowing down to Queen Elizabeth during their meeting in 1982. If Biden decides not to attend the ceremony, he will be following in the footsteps of former US President Dwight Eisenhower, who also did not attend the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953.
It’s worth noting that since becoming President, Biden has removed the bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill from the Oval Office, which had been installed by his predecessor Donald Trump. Following the Queen’s passing last year, Charles became King in September.