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President invited to King Charles III coronation

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President Nikos Christodoulides has been invited to attend the official coronation ceremony of the King of the United Kingdom, Charles III, next month.

The President of the Republic has received an invitation to attend the coronation of King Charles at the beginning of May and will most probably attend the ceremony, a source told the Cyprus News Agency.

The official coronation ceremony takes place on May 6 at Westminster Abbey in London.

Cyprus, as a commonwealth country, has close ties to Britain, and before becoming King, Prince Charles was scheduled to visit the island in 2020, but the COVID pandemic disrupted those plans.

In January, then-President Nicos Anastasiades visited King Charles in Scotland.

Prince Harry will attend the coronation of King Charles, but his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will remain in the United States with the couple’s children.

King Charles and Camilla, the Queen Consort, will arrive at Westminster Abbey for the coronation on May 6 in the sovereign’s newest state carriage and depart it in the oldest, during a day of celebrations that will see a procession route far shorter than that of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 coronation.

The King and Queen Consort will travel to the coronation at Westminster Abbey in a more comfortable, relatively modern, horse-drawn carriage.

They will ride in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach, first used in 2014, before returning in the Gold State Coach used in every coronation since the 1830s.

The return procession route will be much shorter than Queen Elizabeth II’s in 1953.

Crowds can watch the procession going along the Mall and Whitehall in London.

The carriage procession will be one of the spectacular sights of the coronation.

The royal couple and other members of the Royal Family will head out from the gates of Buckingham Palace and travel to Westminster Abbey.