President Biden won’t go to King Charles’s coronation, might send FLOTUS

A month ago, Time Magazine reported that President Biden was unlikely to attend King Charles’s coronation. At the time, it was just White House gossip and nothing had been confirmed. I’m not even sure that the White House had actually received an invitation at that point, but King Charles has absolutely made it clear that he wants his Chubbly to be full of world leaders “flocking” for photo-ops with the sausage fingers of the king. Now, with five weeks to go before this fakakta coronation, the British press is coming close to confirming President Biden’s non-attendance. But their sources say Dark Brandon may send his lovely wife, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

Joe Biden will not attend the King’s Coronation next month, The Telegraph understands. The US president is “not expected” to join dozens of heads of state for the event on May 6, according to sources close to discussions, and will send a delegation in his place.

America is keen to counter any perception of a snub and show support for the King by sending high-profile representatives, with one possibility under consideration being that Jill Biden, the first lady, could attend.

Coronation guests have already been emailed by Buckingham Palace and told to “save the date” of the ceremony, with some asked to RSVP to the palace by Monday.

The event will be attended by heads of state from around the world, including from Ireland, France, Spain, Belgium, Japan, Hungary and Monaco. All three presidents of the EU – Ursula von der Leyen, Roberta Metsola and Charles Michel – will be there.

Humza Yousaf, the newly-elected First Minister of Scotland, has said he will attend despite being an avowed republican. However, he has also accepted an invitation to speak at a pro-independence rally in Glasgow on the same day.

[From The Telegraph]

This laugh line is spectacular: “However, he has also accepted an invitation to speak at a pro-independence rally in Glasgow on the same day.” First Minister Yousaf is really going to fly down to London, watch the fancy hat show, immediately fly back to Glasgow and headline an Scexit rally. Bless him. That’s amazing.

This line is also hilarious: “America is keen to counter any perception of a snub and show support for the King by sending high-profile representatives…” I love it when the British media tries to Britsplain American culture and American politics to their domestic readers. The Telegraph is saying, through tears, “don’t worry, dears, America is very concerned that you might take this as a snub, America loves you so much, darlings!” When really, President Biden couldn’t care less. Don’t get me wrong, Biden is diplomatic as f–k and I’m grateful that he’s in charge of our foreign policy, and his presence has soothed so many frayed international relationships. But there’s a reason he isn’t bothering to attend the Flop Chubbly: he doesn’t give a sh-t and it won’t hurt him politically or internationally to skip it. Now my concern is that Dr. Biden is going to be bored to tears at this mess.

Meanwhile, Dan Wootton had this reaction to the news:

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  1. JMmoney says:

    Funny how the Telegraph omits Camilla’s infamous comments about Biden. Esp after that why on earth would he want to see her?

    You reap what you sow. Plus history will look at Biden positively for not attending this white supremacist event

  2. ThatsNotOkay says:

    Don’t go, Jill! Yeah, Americans are on the side of the Americans? Fancy that. And, woooo! Dan Wootton has gone flat out MAGA?! His true colors have shown fully through and he’s not embarrassed for people to know it. He may now be roundly ignored in perpetuity.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Yes!! Biden, please for the love of your marriage don’t send your wife please!!!! Keen has already wasted her time visiting Keen for her A’rly Yares “ground breaking” programs. Your wife will be forced to dodge Keens jazz hands flaying about as she tries to convince your wife how “groundbreaking and cutting edge” her “initiative” is……..

      Life is too short to be dragged across the pond for an archaic system we dumped more than two centuries ago. 🙄🙄🙄

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ That’sNotOk, maybe Drumpf could attend as he and Wooten would get along splendidly unless Drumpf is in prison or they have revoked his passport….this is Drumpfs ultimate dream to be considered a king or dictator when he was president.

      Just sayin’.

      • AnnaKist says:

        I agree: the old filth meeting up with the new breed of toxic bell end. Could Wootton get any more pathetic? Yes, I do believe he could.

        Any Aussies out there know if our Prime Minister is going? I seem to think that he’s not going for some reason. South Sydney might be playing at home that weekend. I know where he and I would rather be and it isn’t watching some old codger getting a fancy hat, put on his head.

    • The Recluse says:

      Considering how much of a snotty troll Camilla was about Biden, I hope she doesn’t go. I hope they just send the ambassador.
      We’re freaking Americans. We don’t owe Chuck and his sidepiece any sort of attention or fealty.

  3. Louise177 says:

    Presidents rarely attend Royal functions unless they are already meeting a head of state. Expecting Biden to attend something that has no importance is ridiculous. He only came to Elizabeth’s funeral because she was Queen for so long. Why does the BM keep talking about Harry and Meghan in stories that have nothing to do with them?

    • Elizabeth Kerri Mahon says:

      President Eisenhower didn’t go to Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. Like Biden plans to do, he sent high-ranking officials. Biden could send the American Ambassador to the coronation, the Secretary of State, or Vice-President Harris. He doesn’t need to go, nor does Dr. Biden.

      • liz says:

        Exactly. And this was 1952, not long after WWII. It wouldn’t have been a huge surprise if Eisenhower had chosen to attend that coronation – relations between the US and the UK were at an all time high and Eisenhower had a personal relationship with PM Churchill.

        It’s not a snub if Biden doesn’t go. It would be more of a surprise if he did elect to attend.

      • Renae says:

        Check back thru history. No US President has EVER attended a Coronation in Britain. Never ever, ever! Heck, we had a little party in Boston Harbor about all of that.
        Dr. Biden shouldn’t go either. Send the ambassador…. good enough. Or send Melania Trump. That might enliven the proceedings.
        Snooze fest.

  4. equality says:

    Why is everything that doesn’t go their way a “snub”? Biden is actually doing a job for the US. He has a schedule and important work to do. I’d send an ambassador already in the UK and say I was saving the carbon footprint. Surely an environmentalist such as KC would appreciate that.

    • one of the marys says:

      It’s the same reason why anyone answering ‘No’ is accused of being rude. It’s manipulative and pouting because you don’t get what you want

  5. Jais says:

    Omg, they’re so embarrassing. No president has ever attended a coronation. Biden is not snubbing anything. And I don’t believe the Telegraph has any idea who Biden might send. They wish it would be Dr Jill Biden or VP Harris but they have no idea.

    • Seraphina says:

      This is what I have read as well. The precedence was set way back when. I find it hilarious they consider this a SNUB. Maybe we can send George Santos.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      Please don’t send Kamala! She is half Jamaican. 🇯🇲

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Oh my gawd, yes!!! Though maybe badass Kamala can bring up reparations for her home country????

      • Brassy Rebel says:

        Jamaica is her father’s home country. The US is her home country. She was born in Oakland. Let’s not start a conspiracy theory that she’s not “native born”. 😲
        I know you didn’t mean it that way. 👍

      • Boxy Lady says:

        And Kamala’s mother was from India, another country with a, let’s say, “complicated” history with the British.

      • tamra says:

        And send her husband, who is white! LOL

    • Jais says:

      George santos would love to go, I’m sure😂 and yeah I hope they don’t send Kamala.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I thought that Telegraph was supposed to be a somewhat reputable paper. No president has ever attended the coronation of a British monarch, or any other monarch! Nor do they send their spouses nor their vice presidents! From my quick wikipedia review of the last few (EII, GVI, GV, EVII), it’s the ambassador & at least one general.

      • TheWigletOfWails says:

        It’s not called the Torygraph for nothing. Camila Tominey also wrote this story so..

  6. FancyPants says:

    Heads of state are traditionally not invited to UK coronations, not even fellow monarchs. It is a UK ceremony for citizens of UK and commonwealth nations. Unless Charles is so desperate to fill seats because nobody else wants to come, nobody from the US government is invited.

  7. Seaflower says:

    I love this response to Cry Baby Dan by a historian who points out no US president has ever attended a coronation, especially the “no one should ever listen to your opinion” part.

  8. Brassy Rebel says:

    British institutionalists (we see you,Dan Wootton!), who demand deference from Americans, especially those of Irish heritage, for some bloke who to us is mainly a joke, are both historically illiterate and deeply disturbed.

    • one of the marys says:

      Deference is what they wanted from Meghan too and she felt she was their equal. How do you navigate diplomacy with such an entity? Interesting times

  9. Noor says:

    If William and Kate only read Dan Wotton column, they will have a strangely skewed and weird worldview.

  10. Lara (the other) says:

    Fascinating how much power the BM think H&M have. Do they really belive they can tell POTUS to “snub” the King of England?
    Do they think the RF is important enough for head of states to publicly take sides in a family fight?
    I think the Bidens personally care about H&M, but that will never influence a political decission to attend or not attend. C-Rex ist just not important enough.

  11. Mia4s says:

    Dr. Biden, someone infinitely more educated, accomplished (and useful) than 99.9% of British Royals has to go sit through this huh? Well, hopefully the food is good at least.

    I would looooooove it if Trudeau announces he cannot go. He probably will to keep the peace but the filling of diapers by English twits like Dan would be hilarious!! “Gasp, such disrespect from a Commonwealth country!” HAHAHAHA! Wait until he finds out we’ve been removing the Queen from our money a denomination at a time for years now. 😏

    • Alice says:

      Trudeau is at this point a diplomatic liability so he should go, definitely. Another stain on Charles’s image.

    • notasugarhere says:

      He could send Governor General Mary Simon instead.

  12. Amy Bee says:

    No US President has ever gone to the coronation so I don’t get why the British press are outraged by this. But I get why they want Biden there so that people will pay attention to the event.

    • Mary Pester says:

      PLEASE PLEASE President Biden, don’t send your lovely, well educated wife to attend this farce! Just look at Kaiser’s pictures and the look of shock on Kates face that your lady wife was actually carrying something (or was she asking what they were as she has no idea)
      No, please don’t send her, not unless she has a portable dvd player, or a very good thick book, along with sandwichs and a flask of coffee, because she will need something to keep her awake! Just tell them (and use Kates excuse) that she has a headache!! But please, your wife is a lovely, intelligent woman, let’s keep her that way! Or send Camilla, who can present Charlie with an iou from Jamaica 🤔

  13. Lightpurple says:

    No United States President has ever attended a coronation; Biden won’t break that precedent.

    Personally, I think Charles should invite Keith Richards to sing at the coronation like he did at Elizabeth’s. But Keith has made it clear he hates the monarchy

  14. Eurydice says:

    I wouldn’t worry about Jill Biden – she’s been in this business for a very long time and is well used to sitting through interminable events. But, if she does attend, I don’t think she’ll find the coronation to be boring.

  15. Jan says:

    Biden tells so many stories about his mother hating England.
    He is a Diplomat alright, visiting Ireland the week before the Con-A-Nation, not stopping to see Chucky, and the week after the Con-A-Nation, leaders will be in Ireland to celebrate The Good Friday Agreement and Chucky will be there, and so will Bill Clinton, who was part of getting T G A.

    • Allyn says:

      As an aside, Biden’s father’s side of his family is English — and specifically from Sussex. The BBC had a charming little article two years ago about an English family that discovered they’re Biden’s distant cousins through the part of the family that didn’t emigrate to Baltimore about 1800.

      I’ve visited the graves of several of Biden’s Baltimore relations. Many of them are in Loudon Park. In fact, the immigrant Biden, William, has a pretty prominent monument there.

      Others are in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, which is famous for being the cemetery of many of the early Methodist bishops. While I didn’t find Joe Biden’s great-great- and great-grandparents there, I did, weirdly, somehow manage to take a picture of the headstones. The map at the entrance of the cemetery had sections mislabeled, there was something going on in the cemetery the day I was there I was trying to avoid intruding upon, and I saw something interesting I wanted to take a picture of. Turns out, I was in the right area for the Bidens, and they were off to the side.

      • JanetDR says:

        Thanks for those links!

      • Kim says:

        Thank you for this post. Super interesting and informative!!

      • PC says:

        Allyn, you are a man after my own heart. I too traverse cemeteries in search of the past. There’s a kind of comfort in thinking the dead may know they have not been forgotten and to wonder about the lives they lived. As I am originally from Baltimore, Loudon Cemetery has always interested me as many historic figures are buried there, including American Bonapartes and more recently U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings. I’ve never took the opportunity to visit there but on my next trip home I will make it a point to go. Thank you for the inspiration to make this sojourn.

      • Allyn says:

        PC, my mom says I clearly take after her father, who would stop on trips to North Carolina to look through random cemeteries he saw alongside the road. My grandmother didn’t appreciate this, but he didn’t care, and my mom, as a child, thought it was quite fun!

        When I visited my parents two years ago — due to the pandemic, I hadn’t seen them in twenty months — I saw a cemetery off the road in Glasgow, Virginia, and stopped. It was this delightfully quaint cemetery nestled in the mountains, with an interesting monument to a Revolutionary War veteran and his wife. So, yeah, I probably do take after my grandfather. 🙂

        Loudon Park is a fascinating place. Besides my own family there, I’ve checked out some of the other famous residents, like Babe Ruth’s father, the American Bonapartes, Mary Pickersgill (the seamstress who made the Star-Spangled Banner), H.L. Mencken. Heck, I even found a Henry Jones, Jr. (ie., Indiana Jones) there once! I found an old 1920s map of the cemetery online and walked the old trolley path through the cemetery, and even matched up a vintage photograph of the trolley to how it looks now.

        in the spring I want to go back to Mt. Olivet and actually stand where the Bidens are, and I also want to visit New Cathedral up the road. New Cathedral is the cemetery with the most Baseball Hall of Fame members. My great-great-great-great-grandfather, Bernard von Hagen, who emigrated from Germany to Baltimore in 1816, is also there. (His granddaughter Susan and her son Allyn are in Loudon Park.) I know he’s not marked — New Cathedral is his third cemetery, as Baltimore’s Catholic cemeteries kept relocating and consolidating as the city grew — but I just want to go there and be in the space.

  16. BothSidesNow says:

    I would love to personally hug and shake the hand of Humza Yousaf!!! Their FM of Scotland who has chosen to cleverly attend this charade only to head straight to Glasgow for a pro-republic event on the same day!!! Yousef had 364 other days of the year that he could have chosen but he is purposefully choosing the same date as the Chubbly???? Does Yousef not understand that Chucky has deemed this date for the world to focus on HIM finally getting his Burger King Crown??? The audacity I tell you!!

    • EllenOlenska says:

      But he is! It would seem the second activity fits right in with the “ volunteering” component! He may even ring a bell there!

  17. aquarius64 says:

    I think the panic is because Dr. Biden stated in an interview she read Spare. She didn’t give her opinion one way or the other about the book; but I think BP and the BM are afraid US-UK diplomatic relations may be damaged because of the treatment of Meaghan and the Sussex children, all US citizens. They need some sort of reassurance the Special Relationship is still on; they don’t want to be blamed for it for tanking. Hence Dan Rotten’s cheap shot at the Sussexes. President Eisenhower did not go to QE2’s coronation; he sent a delegation. No US president attended a coronation of the British monarch. Biden would break prescendent if he goes. Frankly as an American I am offended that these clowns expect POTUS to bend the knee to the British Crown and resent this pressure campaign to send someone of high rank (FLOTUS or VP) to assuage KC3 ‘s ego.

    • North of Boston says:

      The “special relationship” between the two countries at the national level can be just find. That doesn’t mean that Biden or any senior member of the Administration has to bend a knee for CIII and his QC and turn out while he’s crowning himself and lavishing himself with gold and jewels. America noped out of that 250 years ago.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Inserting Harry and Meghan into this is just asinine and I doubt think they’re close to any politician in the US. Jill Biden reading Harry’s book should not be an issue either and I have my doubts that she would be attending the coronation.

    • Feeshalori says:

      It’s highly offensive that they have a precedent-breaking expectation that a US president would attend this coronation, and they’re cutting a hissy fit that he’s not. The desperation is palpable in these attempts to embiggen this fiasco. Danny boy and his cronies need to take a long walk over a short pier with that one, America ain’t your b!tch.

  18. EllenOlenska says:

    Is there not an “Assistant Deputy to the deputy secretary’s assistant deputy” available to match the “ importance” of this honor? Maybe in the Parks department?

    • BeanieBean says:

      Oh that would be good, somebody from the National Park Service attending, in uniform!

  19. Amy Bee says:

    The freak out by the British press about this is hilarious. I’ve seen two royal commentators spout that if it was Trump he would have gone to the coronation. These people are unhinged.

    • Snuffles says:

      I imagine the freak out is about the reduced standing in the world of the British monarchy. Where it was once revered and respected, largely due to Queen Elizabeth and her uniquely long reign, it’s now questionable if they are even fit for purpose in a modern society.

      Their identity and smug sense of superiority has been tied up in the monarchy for 1000 years, and it is falling apart right in front of their eyes and there is nothing they can do about it.

    • MsIam says:

      @Amy Bee, I’m sure Trump would go and then demand to ride in the Golden Carriage!

  20. Visa Diva says:

    The UK sends their ambassador to Presidential Inaugurations, it seems acceptable that the US Ambassador be the representative to the Coronation

  21. Chaine says:

    Biden not going to the bore-a-nation is not a snub. The snub already happened when Washington and the other colonists signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Why on earth would our current President go to an event celebrating the continuation of a dynasty we left in the dust centuries ago?!

  22. Over it says:

    Tell me Dan , are you this pathetic because you are always going to be known as a sad little man?

  23. Nicegirl says:

    Thank you Dr Jill.

    🍀 Charles

  24. one of the marys says:

    I hope this line of commentary and speculation from the British media continues because I find it fascinating. These past few months must have been very sobering for all the leadership in Britain. An attitude adjustment is badly needed.
    Also Dan giving M&H the power to affect this decision is bonkers. Unlike the leaders of the royal family these people are diplomats and professionals

  25. CC says:

    The real Dark Brandon move would be to send Hunter.

  26. Kingston says:

    This just occurred to me: I hope H&M, in a classy decline of their invitation (if any) to the Clowning, say they wish to give up their seats to a couple or to any 2 of the many persons who were not invited, on account of the pared-down nature of the event, and who are already in the UK, thus also helping the environment by one less, 5500km plane ride.

    • Mustlovedogs says:

      Excellent idea @Kingston. I vote our own CBer Mary Pester gets a ticket. We need her take on it!

  27. Paulkid says:

    I also think we should send the British ambassador, if Charles truly wants to be viewed as a “Green King” , he shouldn’t be sending international invites at all. The only American invitation should go to the Sussexes and I hope they will respond with their regrets.

  28. QuiteContrary says:

    I imagine that the Bidens are personally horrified by Charles as a father. They are incredibly devoted parents and grandparents.

    And Biden’s mother once warned him against bowing to the queen. Biden even once pointedly told a BBC reporter that he’s Irish.

    But he’s first and foremost an American president so there’s no chance he’d attend.

    And (as suggested above) if you’re looking for some laughs read the responses to Wootton’s histrionic tweets. Hilarious.

  29. Normades says:

    Jill is a mf Queen! If Megan isn’t there all eyes will be on her… because she’s royalty and more elegant than cams and Kate any day

    • ArtFossil says:

      Yes! I hope President Biden sends Dr Jill Biden because she’s so smart and accomplished and yes, beautiful.

  30. MsIam says:

    Once again, they are acting like Charles is being crowned King of the Planet and the whole world population are his subjects.

  31. Beverley says:

    Why on Earth should Americans “support” the King of England? We noped outta that mess nearly 250 years ago. We aren’t subjects of Dogshit Charlie. The British media seems obsessed with the “charming of American hearts and minds”, yet they continue to harass and invoke violence three American citizens. They really must believe that we Americans are as salty and bothered as Britons about Black blood in the royal line of succession. They need to get over themselves.

    Meghan and her children aren’t the property of the UK. They aren’t runaway slaves who must be captured and made examples of to discourage future “uppityness”.

    All this raging, puking, and pearl clutching is because one biracial woman and a Prince of the Kingdom fell in love? Somebody make it make sense! Please.


    • Gabby says:

      @Beverley, you hit the nail on the head with “runaway slaves”. That is exactly how the BRF and the BM view the Sussexes.

      I don’t want to see FLOTUS or Kamala’s time wasted on this shit show. Send Bill Clinton and his saxophone. He can fill the holes in the concert schedule.

  32. Lionel says:

    Dan Wootton thinks Biden is “one of the worst presidents in modern history”? What?

  33. TheWigletOfWails says:

    That first photo, Dr Biden is older than Keen yet they look about the same age. Oof. I hope President Biden’s non-attendance is seen as a snub. The BM spends its days being xenophobic and anti-American but wants US to revere them? GTFOH.

  34. Saucy&Sassy says:

    According to Visa Diva, the UK sends its Ambassador to Presidential Inaugurations. Someone else said that the US Ambassador and a General have gone to past Clownings. If KFC thought that Biden would change precedence, he needs to get over himself. Personally, I think even sending the US Ambassador alone is more than enough. It’ll be interesting to see if Biden also sends a General. They must have more than one over in Europe, right?

    As far as FLOTUS going–nope, I’m not seeing that at all. Nor will the VP be going. I think the brf and bm are starting to see that they need to have some people there to draw the interest of the rest of the world. I’m rather hoping that the other European Kings and Queens send representatives, too. Are they sure they want to be connected to this Monarchy?

  35. Kingston says:

    I said upthread that in their RSVP, H&M should send their regrets and offer up their seats, etc.

    But ive changed my mind. I think H&M, in their RSVP, should announce that they’ve asked 2 persons who live in the UK, to represent them. LOL

  36. bisynaptic says:

    Since when have American Presidents attended British coronations?

  37. MrsCope says:

    Wouldn’t the equivalent be someone from the BRF attending Biden’s inauguration?! This makes my brain hurt…

  38. freddy says:

    Send the American embassy’s ambassador. They’re already there. Besides Biden is very proud of his Irish roots…and I can’t name any Irish folks who are fans of the crown…..

  39. jferber says:

    TheWigletofWails, You are absolutely correct in everything you said. Less than 5 weeks away and they’re already hysterical that they will fail. You know what? They already have. That’s flop sweat wafting over from England. I predict: the Chubbly will be a gigantic debacle. It will be ridiculed for decades. Let the clowning begin.

  40. Emily_C says:

    The conanation is something of zero import. And sorry Britain, but you’re of very little import these days too. Even when Britain was deeply important, presidents didn’t go to coronations. Being opposed to monarchy is sort of the foundation of our government.

    Let the ambassador go. This kind of faff is their job.

  41. Cassie says:

    The comments on sad little man Woottons twitter are hilarious .

    One of Harrys best lines in Spare ,people are calling him out .

  42. Likeyoucare says:

    Awww I remember when Anne and Charles making faces when they tried to not be photograph around trump.
    Charles is receiving the same treatment now from other world leaders.
    Good time. Good time.

  43. Rackel says:

    Look I chat about the u.k and the commonwealth and all that but….. I’m an AMERICAN. This whole blending english/Canada with us is too much. There really shouldn’t be an American anything going to a coronation for anyone. That included Denmark and whoever else. Eventhough, I have decided to look up chubbly vacation prices, I don’t want my representatives to go.

  44. AC says:

    The fact that England didn’t even make the American Express 2023 top destination list on where Americans want to go this year Speaks Volumes! 🤣 Interesting because London would usually make this list, esp you would think many would want to see a new king’s coronation 🤣 . I think a lot of Americans has had enough with their craziness across the pond and with the Brits being so condescending. Which is too bad, I remember reading an article a few years ago that Americans love everything British but once they lose our goodwill and admiration, it’s to the point they can become irrelevant. Looks like Americans rather go to Denmark, Australia, Portugal, or Fiji this year according to the trends. Paris again made top of this list for 2023 (thanks to probably Emily in Paris lol)..I was in Paris last year and I felt I was in the US with so many Americans everywhere we went 😊