The coronation of King Charles has arrived. The King and Queen consort are rolling out the red carpet for visiting foreign royalty and world leaders traveling to London ahead of Saturday’s ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
This week, the pair hosted a series of receptions with singles leaders before opening the doors of Buckingham Palace on Friday for a luncheon in honor of visiting governors-general and prime ministers. The pièce de résistance of the busy pre-Coronation calendar will be the glittering reception to be held in the palace on the eve of the historic occasion.
The King hosted three more engagements on Thursday. He first welcomed Canadian indigenous leaders, Chief Roseanne Archibald, Natan Obed and Natalie Caron, before extending an invitation to the King of the Ashanti, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and finally Amazonian indigenous leaders, Uyunkar Domingo Peas and Atossa Soltani .
As can be expected, Friday will be a particularly busy day for Their Majesties. A luncheon for the ‘Governors-General of the Kingdom and Prime Ministers’ will be hosted at Buckingham Palace by the King, Queen and other working members of the Royal Family. The Prince and Princess of Wales, the Princess Royal and the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh are likely to be in attendance. Lunch will be followed by a separate meeting between the King, who is Head of the Commonwealth, and the Commonwealth Heads of Government at Marlborough House, London.
In the evening, the King and Queen will once again be joined by royalty for a reception for ‘overseas guests’. Details on the guests have not yet been revealed, but foreign monarchs are expected to be among those arriving at the doors of Buckingham Palace. The glittering soirée will echo the gathering of world leaders on the eve of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, although this will, of course, be a much more celebratory occasion.
The reception will also provide an opportunity for some foreign royals who will not be attending King Charles’s coronation to pay their respects. For example, The Royal House of the Netherlands has confirmed that Princess Beatrix, former Dutch Queen, and her granddaughter Catharina-Amalia, future Dutch Queen, will attend the reception but not the actual function. On that day, only King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will represent the royal house.
The full list hasn’t been made public yet, but early confirmations reveal that there will be representatives from nine European monarchies, the royal families of Bhutan, Jordan, Tonga and Thailand, the Māori king of New Zealand, the imperial house of Japan and the former royal houses of Bulgaria, Romania and Greece.
In a break with royal tradition, King Charles has added crowned royalty to his coronation guest list, making room for kings and queens to join in the pageantry on May 6.
Source: Vanity Fair
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