Jill Biden, Katy Perry among guests at King Charles’ coronation

More than 2,000 guests, including world leaders, aristocrats and celebrities, gathered at Westminster Abbey for Charles’ coronation.

WASHINGTON — More than 2,000 guests including world leaders, nobility and celebrities witnessed the coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey on Saturday.

When the guests arrive, the church is bustling and filled with fragrant flowers and colorful hats. Among them are US First Lady Jill Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, eight current and former British prime ministers as well as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Emma Thompson.

Hundreds of heads of state attended the ceremony, including Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia. President Joe Biden did not attend the ceremony, holding the record for a president who never attended a British royal coronation.

“American Idol” judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie were also present.

The couple are leading the coronation concert, a major event at Windsor Castle to honor newly crowned members of the royal family.

The concert began Sunday in front of a crowd of 20,000 and will be broadcast live to the rest of the world. Perry and Richie join a collection of global icons and artists performing at the show.

Both Perry and Richie have close royal ties to King Charles, having served as ambassadors for the King’s charities.

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According to the BBC, the Coronation Concert aims to “celebrate a new chapter in the nation’s history, with themes of love, respect and optimism.” The concert will also feature a “Light up the Nation” performance that will illuminate featured venues across the UK using lasers, projectors and drone displays.

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund@ustimespost.com.

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