The Foreign Office (FO) announced on Friday that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will go to the United Kingdom next week to attend King Charles III’s coronation.
Charles, 74, ascended to the throne following Queen Elizabeth’s death in September of last year. A British monarch’s coronation takes place months later, amid national sorrow and extensive preparations, according to royal tradition.
On May 6, King Charles III will be crowned at Westminster Abbey in London. Heads of state from all across the world are anticipated to attend, including Ireland, France, Spain, Belgium, Japan, Hungary, and Australia.
Buckingham Palace previously stated that Prince Harry will also attend the coronation, albeit without his wife Meghan. The announcement comes after weeks of speculation about the couple’s attendance, who will leave royal duties in early 2020.
“Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif will undertake a visit to the United Kingdom to attend the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla on May 6, 2023,” FO spokesman Mumtaz Zahra Baloch stated today.
She went on to explain that the premier will also attend a Commonwealth leaders’ event on May 5 during her visit.
“He is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with leaders who will be participating in these celebrations,” she added.
According to Baloch, Pakistan and the United Kingdom have a long history of interactions that are deeply rooted in the vibrant Pakistani-British community?
“We see the British monarch and royal family as friends of Pakistan and its people, and we look forward to further strengthening ties between Pakistan and the United Kingdom,” she said.
The Prime Minister met King Charles III in London last year and expressed his sympathies on Queen Elizabeth’s death.