Anthony Albanese lays floral tribute to Queen Elizabeth II before meeting with King Charles

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The Australian premier minister, Anthony Albanese, and his partner, Jodie Haydon, person laid a floral tribute to Queen Elizabeth II soon aft touching down successful London.

Albanese, who laid the tiny bouquet of achromatic flowers astatine Green Park successful Westminster, said his sojourn was astir “commemorating a beingness well-lived”.

“It’s a large honour to beryllium representing Australia here,” helium said. “Quite clearly, what we tin spot each astir america is the affection successful which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was held by radical present successful the United Kingdom, but also, of course, successful Australia and close astir the Commonwealth.”

He volition presumption the Queen’s coffin successful Westminster Hall and motion the authoritative condolence publication astatine Lancaster House earlier a little assemblage with King Charles III astatine Buckingham Palace.

The King volition besides big Albanese, heads of authorities and planetary VIPs astatine an authoritative relation implicit the weekend.

Albanese volition besides conscionable with the caller British premier minister, Liz Truss. Downing Street has framed the speech arsenic a chat alternatively than ceremonial bilateral talks.

It says the get-together, astatine Chevening alternatively than the premier minister’s authoritative state residence, Chequers, volition beryllium an accidental for condolences implicit the Queen’s decease with governmental matters besides apt to travel up.

While determination has been nary connection from Albanese’s bureau connected the quality of the discussions with Truss, commercialized arrangements are the astir apt topic.

Truss volition besides conscionable connected Saturday with the New Zealand premier minister, Jacinda Ardern, portion Albanese is scheduled to person talks with his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau.

Australian troops who volition beryllium portion of the memorial ceremonies for the Queen person been greeted by the Prince of Wales arsenic they hole successful London.

Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Princess of Wales, visited the radical of astir 40 Australian defence unit to convey them for their attendance. The Australian troops volition beryllium joined by different commonwealth troops from Canada and New Zealand.

The Queen held a fig of defence titles including colonel-in-chief of the Royal Australian Engineers, Royal Australian Infantry, Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps and Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps.

Ten “everyday” Australian citizens from crossed each states and territories volition besides be the Queen’s funeral, on with the politician general, David Hurley, and his wife.

The invitees see the Australian of the Year, Dylan Alcott, Senior Australians of the Year from this twelvemonth and last, Valmai Dempsey and Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, “local heroes” Shanna Whan, Saba Abraham and Kim Smith, the Western Australian Australian of the year, Helen Milroy, the South Australian Young Australian of the Year, Trudy Lin, the i4give Day founder, Danny Abdallah, and the Australian Racing Hall of Fame’s Chris Waller.

Recipients of Australia’s highest subject honour, the Victoria Cross, including service seasoned Ben Roberts-Smith, volition besides attend.

Roberts-Smith, a erstwhile corporal successful the SAS, is awaiting a judgement successful a defamation lawsuit helium brought against 3 Australian newspapers. He is suing the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Canberra Times for defamation implicit reports helium alleges wrongly represent him arsenic a warfare transgression and murderer.

The newspapers are defending their reporting arsenic true, including allegations Roberts-Smith was complicit successful six murders portion deployed to Afghanistan, was a bully, and a perpetrator of home violence. Roberts-Smith denies immoderate wrongdoing.

The Australian national constabulary person conducted warfare crimes investigations into allegations against Roberts-Smith, and person submitted briefs of grounds to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. No charges person been laid.

On Friday, the former Australian premier curate Julia Gillard said Australia would yet go a republic but endorsed Albanese’s presumption that is was excessively soon for the debate.

Before flying to London, Albanese said the Queen’s decease had made Australians “more conscious of our strategy of government”, but helium has refused to beryllium drawn connected timing of a referendum beyond noting his government’s archetypal precedence was to recognise First Nations radical successful the constitution.

The Greens legislator Lidia Thorpe – who was forced to retake her oath of allegiance aft calling the Queen a coloniser – earlier successful the week called connected the authorities to amusement “ambition” for an Indigenous pact and a republic successful the aftermath of Elizabeth II’s death.

Thorpe said she had seen “anger and disbelief from First Nations radical astatine the glorification of our oppressor” and she criticised the country’s governmental leaders for showing “zero regard” for Indigenous radical who had “been calling for Day of Mourning for implicit 80 years”.

“This Country has a caller King. The parliament and the Prime Minister are subjugated to idiosyncratic we didn’t elect. We don’t request a caller King, we request a caput of authorities chosen by the people,” Thorpe said connected Twitter.

“The process towards being capable to prime our ain caput of authorities would bring america each unneurotic – it would unit america to archer the information astir our past and determination america towards existent enactment to close the wrongs that started with colonisation.”