Mexico Joins Celebration of King Charles III's Coronation
On May 6, 2023, the Embassy of the UK in Mexico celebrated the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III. This event marks the beginning of a new chapter for the UK and an opportunity to further strengthen relations with Mexico.
"The British embassy considers this to be the most significant event of the year as it marks the beginning of a new era for the British monarchy and the country. It also represents an occasion to celebrate our relationship with Mexico, as we will be commemorating 200 years of diplomatic relations between our two nations by the end of the year," says Jon Benjamin, UK Ambassador to Mexico.
The UK and Mexico have an extensive agenda, but one of their most pressing issues is the negotiation of a new free trade agreement between the two countries. Upon completion, Mexico will become the first Latin American country to enter into such an agreement with the UK after its exit from the EU. Additionally, during the coronation celebration, Benjamin expressed his appreciation for Mexico's role in the UK's admission as a new member of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Under the reign of King Charles III, sustainability and inclusivity will be among the top priorities. The UK Embassy in Mexico is fully committed to implementing initiatives aligned with this vision. “We have an ongoing project to address the gender pay gap throughout Mexico. Moreover, we support various issues related to human rights and the LGBTQ+ community,” says Benjamin to MBN.
The alignment of objectives between the two countries will allow for continued and fruitful collaboration to achieve common goals. "We are committed to several of the causes championed by King Charles III, such as the fight against climate change," says Bernardo Aguilar, Director General for the EU, Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE). King Charles III has made the fight against climate change a top objective on his agenda for several years and it will remain a defining theme of his reign.
King Charles III's reign seeks to align with the changing realities of society and politics, recognizing that the generational change is one of its most significant hurdles. "The UK is forward-looking and embodies a modern, diverse and multifaceted country that promotes youth, community, diversity and sustainability," says Benjamin.
The UK’s last coronation ceremony took place 70 years ago when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne. Her reign has been the longest in UK history so far. Some aspects of the ceremony date back about 1,000 years, to the Anglo-Saxon England of the eighth and ninth centuries.
The celebration of King Charles III's coronation extended to the over 280 diplomatic missions that the UK has around the world. In Mexico, representatives of the Mexican government and other distinguished guests attended the British Embassy to commemorate this historic event. "God Save the King," Benjamin concluded.