President Joe Biden has confirmed he will skip the coronation of King Charles III next month as he’ll chose to follow the tradition of the President of the United States not attending the ceremony. I find this news bitterly disappointing, even if the President not attending has always been the case.
The tradition goes back several centuries and is rooted in the long-settled feud between the United States and Great Britain. As much as I can respect others’ traditions and cultures, I feel like Biden would’ve set a precedent had he decided to attend the historic ceremony.
Event For The Decades
The coronation of King Charles III promises to be the greatest event of the year and perhaps of the decade. It’ll mark Westminster Abbey’s first coronation in exactly 70 years, and it’s worth noting that the US President (who was then Dwight Eisenhower) did not attend that one either.
As the world moves into the modern age, it makes perfect sense that the USA supports its closest ally during its most sacred ceremony.
Biden’s absence has been lamented by some, including Bob Seely, the Isle of Wight’s Conservative MP, who stated that it was a ‘’foolish decision’’ before adding ‘’it seems pretty remiss, and I’m tempted to say more fool for him for not coming.’’
I completely agree with that sentiment, as I feel that Biden’s no-showing is truly his loss. The official guest list for the ceremony will be made shortly, and some 2,000 guests are said to be on the invite-list.
Could Change His Mind
However, none of them carry as much gravitas and power as the President of the United States, so I will be biting my nails in anticipation. Whether you agree with Biden’s politics or not, we should all be in unanimous agreement that the King’s coronation is bigger and more important than the political aisle.
Efforts to convince the 46th President to attend are currently ongoing. Biden will soon be in Northern Ireland to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and although he will not meet with King Charles, optimism remains high that the President can be convinced to celebrate the coronation in person.
I sincerely hope that the President of the United States can come to his senses and arrive at Westminster Abbey on 6 May 2023. As the UK and the USA’s partnership moves into the 2020s, it’s about time that the long-standing tradition for Presidents to miss the coronation comes to an end.
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