President Joe Biden might skip King Charles’ coronation at Westminster Abbey on May 6, according to the Daily Telegraph. An anonymous source from the White House stated that Biden’s age, which is 80, and his deteriorating condition could prevent him from attending the event.
President Biden is unlikely to attend the May 6 coronation of King Charles III, two people familiar with his plans tell TIME https://t.co/agDAbFKela
— TIME (@TIME) March 3, 2023
The US President will travel to Northern Ireland first and is scheduled to attend the G7 summit in Japan next month. Conservative Member of Parliament Bob Seely believes that his absence from King Charles’ coronation would be “foolish” and that he should attend this once-in-a-lifetime event.
However, the White House may send First Lady Jill Biden instead of the President. It is important to note that many Americans, including former White House physician Ronny Jackson, believe that Biden’s mental health is in a state of decline. Unfortunately, the White House has not been transparent about what is happening or being done to address this issue.
Biden’s absence from the ceremony was criticized by Seely and praised by Conservative Member of Parliament Tobias Ellwood, who thinks this is a non-issue as there is no historical protocol for a US president to attend royal coronations. Nevertheless, America needs to be represented, but who the President chooses to send will be telling.