Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has met with King Charles III at Buckingham Palace, while in London ahead of the King’s coronation this weekend.
- Mr Albanese met privately with the King at the Palace
- The PM is in London to attend the King’s coronation this weekend
- This week he will meet with the UK PM Rishi Sunak and visit the AUKUS submarine facility
Mr Albanese will be present at the King’s coronation on Saturday, as part of an Australian contingent including Governor-General David Hurley, the state governors, Julie Bishop and Matildas forward Sam Kerr, as Australia’s flag bearer.
Musician Nick Cave, comedian Adam Hills, artist Jasmine Coe, nurse Emily Regan, Indigenous art curator Jasmine Coe, youth advocate Yasmin Poole and 2022 Young Australian of the year Dr Daniel Nour will also be in attendance.
Details of what was discussed during Mr Albanese’s meeting with the King have not been released.
It’s the second time Mr Albanese has met King Charles – the pair met at Buckingham Palace in September last year after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Mr Albanese landed in London on Tuesday morning and met with High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Stephen Smith.
He has also spoken with controversial UK journalist Piers Morgan about reconciling his republican views with pledging allegiance to the King.
This coronation will be the first in history in which the greater public will be invited to pledge allegiance to King Charles in an element of the ceremony dubbed the ‘homage of the people’.
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It’s a very quick turnaround for the Prime Minister who marched with trade unions on the streets of Brisbane the previous day to mark Labour Day.
While in the UK, Mr Albanese will visit the AUKUS submarine facility in the northern port town of Barrow-in-Furness and have a meeting with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to discuss the free-trade agreement between the two countries.