Jill Biden brought an unexpected guest to King Charles’ coronation
First Lady Jill Biden brought her granddaughter Finnegan Biden to represent the United States at the coronation of King Charles III on Saturday.
Dressed in blue, the first lady arrived with her granddaughter – who was wearing a yellow dress – in an apparent show of support for the people of Ukraine as they arrived at Westminster Abbey ahead of the coronation.
Finnegan Biden joined the first lady as they met with Kate Middleton at a special reception for heads of state at Buckingham Palace on Friday.
The First Lady was later pictured alongside Middleton and Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska in a post on the Prince and Princess of Wales’ Twitter account.
“We stand by Ukraine,” Biden wrote next to the photo.
The First Lady’s appearance at the coronation replaces the absence of President Joe Biden, who did not attend the coronation.
He continued a trend of US Presidents skipping the event.
Biden is the first in her position to attend a coronation in Britain, but she is not the only first lady to witness the event.
Jacqueline Bouvier, later Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was hired to cover the 1953 Washington Times-Herald coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
She married then-Senator John F. Kennedy later that year before eventually becoming First Lady when Kennedy became President eight years later.