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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will be joined by ten ‘ordinary’ Australians at funeral
Ten ordinary Australian citizens will attend the Queen’s state funeral in London with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Governor-General David Hurley.
The Queen’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey at 11am next Monday and members of the royal family, senior UK politicians and heads of state from across the world are expected to attend.
The Australian PM recently announced that he will not be travelling alone.
Writing on Twitter, Mr Albanese said that, on top of inviting Australia’s heads of state, Buckingham Palace had extended the invitation to 10 Australians for their “extraordinary contributions to their communities”.
They include this year’s Australian of the Year, Dylan Alcott, Senior Australians of the Year from this year and last, Valmai Dempsey and Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann, Local Heroes Shanna Whan, Saba Abraham and Kim Smith, Western Australian of the Year Helen Milroy, South Australian Young Australian of the Year Trudy Lin, i4give Day founder Danny Abdallah, and the Australian Racing Hall of Fame’s Chris Waller.
For each one of them, Mr Albanese wrote a bit “more about who they are” on Twitter.
He said the horses trained by Mr Waller “include the record-breaking Winx as well as Chalk Stream, a UK-born thoroughbred owned by Queen Elizabeth herself”.
Professor Milroy was “Australia’s first indigenous doctor”, while Mr Alcott is “the first male in history to win the Golden Slam”.
In May, the Queen held a Zoom call with the Australians of the Year to commend them on their “marvellous work”.
During the call with the six award recipients, who included Mr Alcott, the monarch remarked on the “splendid” technology which enabled the virtual meeting to take place.