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4 Pacific Commonwealth leaders to affix Australian PM at Queen’s funeral

4 leaders of Pacific Commonwealth nations will be part of the Australian prime minister on the Queen’s state funeral.

Anthony Albanese instructed a press convention shortly earlier than noon (3am BST) on Wednesday that the respective leaders of the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Samoa and Papua New Guinea have accepted Australia’s supply of assist with transportation to London.

The delegation which is because of go away Thursday night can even embody governor-general David Hurley in addition to ten Australian residents “who’ve made extraordinary contributions to their communities”.

Anthony Albanese assumed workplace as Australia’s prime minister in Might (Mark Baker/AP)


The state funeral will happen at Westminster Abbey at 11am subsequent Monday and members of the royal household, senior UK politicians and heads of state from the world over are anticipated to attend.

Earlier on Wednesday, the nation’s nationwide cupboard mentioned that when Australia observes a one-off financial institution vacation to mark the Queen’s dying on September 22, a Nationwide Memorial Service shall be held at Parliament Home in Canberra with all state and territory leaders in attendance.

The service shall be broadcast reside throughout the nation at 11am (AEST) and start with a minute’s silence.

“Nationwide Cupboard encourages all Australians, wherever it’s possible you’ll be, to take time to pause and replicate on The Queen’s devoted service, that shall be remembered for hundreds of years to return,” it mentioned in a press release.

“The Queen was the one reigning monarch most Australians have recognized and the one reigning monarch to ever go to Australia. On her first go to in 1954, the Queen travelled across the nation, to nearly 60 cities and cities, in each state and territory.

“It was clear from her first journey that she had a particular place within the hearts of Australians. The Nationwide Day of Mourning will present time to grieve this collective loss and commemorate our late Queen’s extraordinary lifetime of service, devotion and loyalty.”

Additionally on Wednesday, the PM was joined by the New South Wales premier Dom Perrottet in opening a brand new park in Sydney within the late Queen’s honour.

“Queen Elizabeth II Park in Sydney shall be a spot for individuals to return collectively,” Mr Albanese wrote on Twitter. “I introduced plans to create a brand new open area off Macquarie Road commemorating the Queen – a public plaza to be loved by Australians for a few years to return.”

The Australian PM earlier revealed that Buckingham Palace had prolonged the invitation to 10 Australians for his or her “extraordinary contributions to their communities”.

They embody this yr’s Australian of the 12 months, Dylan Alcott, senior Australians of the 12 months from this yr and final, Valmai Dempsey and Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann, native heroes Shanna Whan, Saba Abraham and Kim Smith, Western Australian of the 12 months Helen Milroy, South Australian younger Australian of the 12 months Trudy Lin, i4give day founder Danny Abdallah and the Australian Racing Corridor of Fame’s Chris Waller.

For every one among them, Mr Albanese wrote a bit “extra about who they’re” on Twitter.

The Sydney Opera Home was illuminated with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in Sydney (Mark Baker/AP)


He mentioned the horses skilled by Mr Waller “embody the record-breaking Winx in addition to Chalk Stream, a UK-born thoroughbred owned by Queen Elizabeth herself”.

Professor Milroy was “Australia’s first indigenous physician”, whereas Mr Alcott is “the primary male in historical past to win the Golden Slam”.

In Might, the Queen held a Zoom name with the Australians of the 12 months to commend them on their “marvellous work”.

Through the name with the six award recipients, who included Mr Alcott, the monarch remarked on the “splendid” expertise which enabled the digital assembly to happen.

Wednesday additionally noticed New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern departing for the UK for the Queen’s funeral with a delegation of compatriots “from completely different walks of life”, together with the Maori king, Kiingi Tuheitia, former governor-general Dame Silvia Cartwright, Victoria Cross for New Zealand recipient Invoice Apiata and former secretary-general of the Commonwealth Sir Don McKinnon.

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