Charles III was crowned monarch of the United Kingdom and 14 Commonwealth realms yesterday at Britain’s first coronation for 70 years, during a ceremony steeped in a millennium of ritual and spectacle.
The day before yesterday’s coronation, King Charles III met Commonwealth leaders at the Commonwealth Secretariat at Marlborough House.
During the event, President Ranil Wickremesinghe extended his congratulations to King Charles III and emphasised the importance of the Commonwealth playing a more significant role in supporting education reforms that encourage youth involvement.
First Lady Prof. Maithree Wickramasinghe was also in attendance.
The President also called on the new head of the 56-nation Commonwealth to bolster connectivity through digitisation, the President’s Media Division (PMD) stated.
President Wickremesinghe met other Commonwealth leaders for talks during the event. The President attended the meetings along with Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala Thera, head monk of the London Buddhist Vihara.
Meanwhile, Prof. Wickramasinghe participated in the Fireside Chat programme which was organized as a parallel event to the Leaders Meeting. The Fireside Chat programme provided a platform for discussions on various topics and issues related to the Commonwealth and its members.