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Queen’s funeral: Australian PM Albanese visits monarch who lies in state

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was photographed in a solemn moment during a visit to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The Prime Minister and his partner, Jodie Haydon, and Governor-General David Hurley and his wife, Linda, were taken to Westminster Hall on Saturday night to pay their respects to the former monarch.

Mr Albanese arrived in London the night before the Queen’s funeral on Monday.

Ahead of the funeral, Mr. Albanese and other world leaders will meet with King Charles.

Mr Albanese said he would convey the country’s heartfelt condolences to the new monarch as he goes through such a difficult time.

“This is, of course, the loss of a monarch for the Commonwealth of Nations, which had Queen Elizabeth as their head of state,” he said, speaking to reporters.

“But for him, it’s also the loss of his mother that came so soon after the loss of his father … so there’s a very personal dimension.”

Mr Albanese will meet British Prime Minister Liz Truss today London time before holding an audience with King Charles III in the afternoon at Buckingham Palace.

His first public act upon his arrival in London was to lay flowers on the Australian flag in Green Park, which is located in the center of London near Buckingham Palace.

The couple were surrounded by hundreds of other mourners who were still reeling from the Queen’s death.

“It’s a great honor to represent Australia here,” Mr Albanese said.

“It’s quite clear that what we can see around us is the commitment of people here in the United Kingdom, but also, of course, in Australia and across the Commonwealth. Queen Elizabeth gave her life to service.

“It was a decent life. This life commanded great respect from the citizens of the world, but especially Australia. It was an honor for me to leave a tribute to Queen Elizabeth here.”

from NCA NewsWire

Originally published as Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visited the Queen

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