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Anthony Albanese describes ‘very heat’ assembly with King Charles forward of Queen’s funeral | Anthony Albanese

Anthony Albanese has described his one-on-one assembly with King Charles forward of the funeral for Queen Elizabeth as a “nice honour”.

“I prolonged my private condolences to King Charles but additionally the condolences of the Australian folks,” the prime minister stated from London on Sunday morning Australian time.

“He’s very acutely aware of the connection that was there between his mom, Her Majesty, and Australia. However he additionally has, in fact, an in depth private connection, spending six months of his education in Australia and we had a fairly a substantial engagement and dialogue.”

Albanese stated protocol required he not talk about an excessive amount of element of the Buckingham Palace chat nevertheless it was “a really heat engagement”.

The prime minister additionally held casual talks with the UK prime minister, Liz Truss, at her residence in Kent, their second face-to-face assembly however the first since her transfer to Downing Road.

Albanese and his companion, Jodie Haydon, attended the mendacity in state of Queen Elizabeth at Westminster on Saturday after which Lancaster Home to signal the condolence guide and make a press release in reminiscence of Queen Elizabeth.

Anthony Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon sign a book of condolence at Lancaster House in London on Saturday.
Anthony Albanese and his companion Jodie Haydon signal a guide of condolence at Lancaster Home in London on Saturday. {Photograph}: WPA/Getty Photographs

Albanese will handle a commemorative luncheon at Australia Home on Sunday that may embrace the 9 Australians who’ve travelled with him and the governor basic, David Hurley, to London on the palace’s request.

The prime minister is predicted to ship a tribute lauding Queen Elizabeth as somebody who transcended boundaries whereas sustaining a particular bond with Australia.

“Whilst historical past continued to form us, and the bond between our two nations advanced, the love and respect through which we held Her Majesty remained – unchanged, undiminished,” he’s anticipated to say.

“The Queen transcended boundaries. You would be a republican, and nonetheless really feel nothing however regard for her.”

Albanese may also recall the Queen’s 16 visits to Australia, together with a day on the races with former prime minister Bob Hawke in 1988, which he described as “probably the most Australian experiences of all”.

“She celebrated our good occasions, and stood with us in our occasions of trial, bringing sympathy and luxury when it was so badly wanted,” he’ll say.

The prime minister has revealed particulars of Australia’s nationwide memorial service on Thursday following his return house.

The occasion shall be MCed by tv character Melissa Doyle, with singer Anthony Callea to carry out and every of the state premiers and chief ministers, state governors, federal members, senators and the federal opposition chief, Peter Dutton, to attend.

The day has been declared a public vacation.

The Queen’s funeral – which Albanese stated could be a “sombre day” – shall be televised at 8pm (AEST) on Monday.

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