Royalty from around the world expected at the King’s Coronation Palace Reception

Princess Beatrice - DANIEL LEAL/AFP/Getty Images

Princess Beatrice – DANIEL LEAL/AFP/Getty Images

The eve of the King’s coronation will be marked by a reception for foreign heads of state at Buckingham Palace.

Princess Beatrix, former Queen of the Netherlands, has confirmed her attendance at the event, which is expected to be hosted by King Charles.

He will participate alongside his niece and heir to the Dutch throne Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange.

Confirmation of Friday May 5’s reception at the palace, which The Telegraph revealed last month, came from a statement from the Royal House of the Netherlands on its official website.

It said that King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands would attend the coronation service at Westminster Abbey on May 6, but not the reception the night before.

The statement read: ‘His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and HM Queen Maxima will attend the coronation ceremony of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla of the United Kingdom at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6th May 2023.

“HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands and HRH Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange will attend a reception at Buckingham Palace on 5 May on the eve of the Coronation.”

Other guests at the reception are likely to include British royalty, presidents and prime ministers from around the world.

While Joe Biden, the US president, will not travel to the UK for the coronation, his wife Jill Biden, the First Lady, will represent America.

The Duke of Sussex, who has a troubled relationship with his father following the publication of his memoir, Spare, will also attend the coronation, but his appearance at the palace reception will be open to speculation.

His trip is thought to be a flying visit, with no plans to attend any other royal events over the holiday weekend other than the service.

Meanwhile, other overseas kings and queens are expected to attend the evening reception, as they are traditionally invited to those held before major events such as royal weddings and funerals.

For example, the King hosted a reception for world heads of state on the eve of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral last September and was joined by the Queen consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Princess Royal.

Guests at the Buckingham Palace event last September included Emmanuel Macron, the French president; King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan; King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain; and King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

The Telegraph has learned that the King will host a reception for Commonwealth leaders ahead of the evening’s events on Friday May 5, having broken with tradition by not throwing a banquet like his late mother and grandfather.

The late Queen hosted 750 guests in Westminster Hall for a gala Commonwealth banquet in 1953. King George VI also dined with Commonwealth leaders on the eve of his coronation in 1937.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, which organized the previous two coronation parties, confirmed it would not organize the event in May, explaining that “what was appropriate then will not necessarily be appropriate now”.

The decision, which will be seen by some as an affront to Commonwealth representatives, was taken after it was heard that the Commonwealth and its members have “changed enormously since 1953”.

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