The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and his wife Sabina have travelled to London to attend this weekend’s coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla of the United Kingdom.
Their attendance follows an invitation received by President Higgins from King Charles.
Ahead of the coronation, the President and Sabina will this evening attend a reception at Buckingham Palace where they will meet with King Charles.
This will be the ninth occasion on which President Higgins will have met King Charles. The two Heads of State have a long-established relationship having met in person on 8 previous occasions over the last decade, as well as a number of other regular contacts.
Tomorrow, President Higgins and Sabina will attend the coronation itself at Westminster Abbey. This will be the first occasion on which a President of Ireland has attended such a coronation.
In acknowledgement of King Charles’ life-long commitment to environmental sustainability and to mark the occasion of the coronation, the Tree Council of Ireland, at the request of the President and Sabina, have planted a native Irish oak tree in the woodland forest of Aurora, Co Wicklow.