King Charles III of the UK, who took the throne last month following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, has indicated a desire to visit Pakistan shortly.
In the first-ever public reception held by the UK monarch to recognize the British-South Asian community, the king conveyed his intention in a conversation with Pakistan’s honorary ambassador-at-large on investment, Zeeshaan Shah.
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Several of the most notable British Asians in the UK attended the VIP reception, which was held at the Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh.
Notable attendees included Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Moazzam Ahmed Khan, Lord Zameer Chaudhary, Aneel Mussarat and Lord Jitesh Gadhia and others.
Speaking with the King, Ambassador Shah discussed his role and current initiatives being undertaken to promote trade and investment between Pakistan and the UK.
He also thanked the king for his ongoing support to Pakistan’s most underprivileged communities through his charity, the British Asian Trust in particular, and the emergency relief support HRH’s trust that has been providing for flood affectees.
Meanwhile, King Charles expressed his interest in visiting Pakistan soon.
Charles, the oldest person to ever assume the British throne, became King Charles III following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
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All rights and responsibilities of the Crown now rest with King Charles III.
He has become the head of the British Armed Forces, the judiciary and the civil service, and he is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. He is the Fount of Honour, which means all honors, such as knighthoods, will now be given in his name.
The United Kingdom does not have a codified constitution, so the role of the monarchy is defined by convention rather than law. He has a duty to remain politically impartial, which means he will come under greater scrutiny if he continues to express the views he is known for.