Taoiseach Varadkar and President Higgins meet King Charles III ahead of coronation

Taoiseach Varadkar and President Higgins meet King Charles III ahead of coronation
Leo Varadkar TD meets Irish President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin following the Taoiseach’s request to dissolve the Dáil, January 14, 2020. Shutterstock / Damien Storan

Prior to the coronation on Saturday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Michael D. Higgins spoke with Britain's King Charles at a reception in Buckingham Palace.

Both Mr. Varadkar and Mr. Higgins will be attendees at the coronation on Saturday.

The two met with representatives of the British government, the royal family, and a "range of other international heads of state and government" at the reception on Friday.

Mr Varadkar mentioned “King Charles and Queen Camilla are long-standing friends of Ireland and King Charles has visited regularly in the past two decades, supporting good bilateral relations, co-operation, peace and reconciliation. I expressed my hope that his regular visits will continue into his reign. I was pleased to accept the invitation to attend the coronation, alongside President Higgins, symbolising the close neighbourly relations between our two countries. This is a historic moment for the British people, for the realm, and for their friends around the world."

We have deep political, economic, cultural, and personal links with Britain, which provided a welcome home to so many of our citizens for generations. A vibrant British community actively contributes to life in Ireland in so many ways. And, of course, there are many people, in the North especially, who are both British and Irish."

As we mark the coronation of King Charles III, I look forward to further strengthening British-Irish relations and the friendship between our peoples and look forward to welcoming the royal couple to Ireland in due course.