Joe Biden will miss out on the coronation of King Charles III. The ceremony will take place in early May, but reports suggest that the United States president will not be in attendance.
Despite planning to travel to Northern Ireland next month, Biden is expected to return to the US just days before King Charles arrives to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
Who will travel to London in Biden’s place?
According to reports, Biden will ask either first lady Jill or vice president Kamala Harris to attend the coronation on May 6.
“We think the representative will be the first lady or the vice president,” a source told the Daily Mail.
“For the Queen it was the Governor of California and the U.S. Army chief of staff.”
According to The Daily, Dame Karen Pierce, the British ambassador to the US, and Buckingham Palace officials had been involved in “cordial and diplomatic” talks with the US government to organise the delegation.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have also been invited to attend the ceremony, but they have yet to confirm whether they’ll travel to the UK for the coronation.
“Archie’s birthday falls on May 6th, coronation day and the Sussexes want the family to recognise that,” a source told OK! last month.
“The Sussexes have asked for some kind of celebration or acknowledgement to be factored into the day’s plans to ensure that his fourth birthday won’t get lost during the momentous day.
“They want their children to spend time with other family members, especially their cousin August who is around about the same age as Lilibet. Both couples get on extremely well and are keen for their children to be close.”