The politician announced on Wednesday that he accepted the invitation III. For King Charles’ coronation ceremony on May 6, which will be held in London’s Westminster Abbey, the ancient coronation church of the Anglo-British monarchy.
We live in an era of great change, times when we must respect our different but equally well-founded aspirations and focus our attention firmly on the future, on the opportunities offered by the next decade
– says Sinn Féin’s leading politician in his statement.
Michelle O’Neill states that she is an Irish republican, but admits that there are many people on the island of Ireland for whom the coronation is a hugely important event.
That is why I will be present at the coronation in London together with the Irish President Michael Higgins as the Prime Minister candidate of (Northern Ireland)
Michelle O’Neill said in Wednesday’s announcement.
O’Neill hinted that in the Northern Ireland parliamentary election last May Sinn Féin won the largest number of parliamentary seats in an unprecedented way, and thus the Belfast government based on interfaith power-sharing would have a Catholic leader in his person for the first time, if this government is formed.
However, the formation of the government is boycotted by the largest protestant force loyal to the crown in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), according to the official justification, because it does not accept the special status of Northern Ireland attached to the termination of British EU membership (Brexit). recently significantly amended a special agreement, the purpose of which is to prevent uncontrolled products from the territory of Northern Ireland from being transferred to Ireland – that is, to the single internal market of the European Union.
To this end, trade from Great Britain to Northern Ireland should be subject to case-by-case controls, but the DUP’s view is that this solution challenges Northern Ireland’s constitutional position within the United Kingdom.
the participation of the vice-president of Sinn Féin at the coronation of the British monarch is a development of historical importance.
According to the conviction of the British security services, Sinn Féin operated as the political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which once fought with arms against the British rule in Northern Ireland, during the almost three-decade anti-British terror campaign of the Catholic militia.
In 1979, Lord Mountbatten, the last British Viceroy of India, who died last September, also fell victim to the IRA’s machine gun attack. For Queen Elizabeth’s father, VI. King George was a distant relative of the late British monarch’s husband, Prince Philip of Edinburgh, who died two years ago, and he introduced the future royal couple back in 1939.
Lord Mountbatten is the only member of the British royal family to die in an IRA attack.
Cover photo: British flags fly in preparation for the coronation ceremony on Regent Street in London on April 26, 2023. III. British King Charles will be crowned on May 6 in London’s Westminster Abbey. MTI/EPA/Andy Rain