US President Joe Biden to visit UK at King Charles' invitation

Britain's King Charles has invited U.S. President Joe Biden to the United Kingdom for a state visit and Biden accepted, the White House said on Wednesday.
FILE PHOTO: A print of the picture of Britain's King Charles, used on the bottles of a coronation ale called Return Of The King, is seen at the bar area of the Windsor and Eton Brewery, in Windsor Britain, April 5, 2023.
FILE PHOTO: A print of the picture of Britain's King Charles, used on the bottles of a coronation ale called Return Of The King, is seen at the bar area of the Windsor and Eton Brewery, in Windsor Britain, April 5, 2023. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Britain's King Charles has invited U.S. President Joe Biden to the United Kingdom for a state visit and Biden accepted, the White House said on Wednesday.

The invitation came during a conversation between Biden and Charles on Tuesday in which Biden informed the king that U.S. first lady Jill Biden would attend his coronation in May. Traditionally, U.S. presidents do not attend British monarchs' coronations.

"The president was appreciative of the offer by the King and looks forward to that state visit," White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

She said she did not have a specific timeline for when the visit would take place, but said it would be "in the near future."

(Reporting by Steve Holland and Moira Warburton in Washington; Editing by Tim Ahmann)

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