Australia Reacts to Queen Elizabeth II’s Death: Anthony Albanese and Governor-General Lay Wreaths in Parliament | News from Australia

Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese spoke last night with the new UK prime minister, Liz Truss, who met with the Queen in Scotland just two days before her death.

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Speaking to reporters moments after a wreath-laying ceremony at Parliament House, Albanese said:

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We talked about the depth of mourning that is occurring in the United Kingdom, but I also conveyed the feeling, the depth of sadness of the Australian people at the loss of Queen Elizabeth II. We will meet when I am in the United Kingdom.

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Some time next week, the prime minister will fly to the UK ahead of the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey. He will also meet formally with King Charles III alongside the governor general, David Hurley.

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The prime minister also commented on the King’s speech overnight.

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I think there have been many moving tributes to the contribution of Queen Elizabeth, but none more so than from King Charles III. King Charles, of course, was paying tribute not just to the sovereign but to his beloved mother, and it was extraordinarily fitting words.

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It struck me in particular his words where he said, “the affection, admiration and respect she inspired became the hallmark of her reign.”

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That’s why so many Australians have made moving tributes and are mourning this enormous loss, and I again reiterate, on behalf of the people of Australia, our sympathy for the royal family, for their personal loss as well as to the people of the United Kingdom and the people of the Commonwealth in particular, but also the whole world for what is an enormous loss.

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Queen Elizabeth reigned for 70 years, in an era of enormous change. She was a constant, reassuring presence with her compassion, her decency, her commitment to service which is an absolute inspiration and which King Charles has referred to in his remarks paying tribute to his late mother.

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A crowd of parliamentarians and dignitaries are gathering at the Queen’s Terrace area of Canberra’s Parliament House, where a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at a statue of Queen Elizabeth.

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The Queen opened the building in 1988, and the outdoor terrace atop the building’s main entrance is one of the most-visited areas by tourists. The statue notes that it was unveiled by the Queen on 9 May, 1988.

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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Governor-General David Hurley will lay wreaths at the statue, with other politicians and diplomatic officials then invited to do the same.

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The ceremony is scheduled to start at 10am.

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We can see a number of MPs including Patrick Gorman, Sophie Scamps, Gordon Reid, Michaelia Cash, Keith Pitt, Linda Reynolds, Jane Hume, Steve Georganas already assembled, holding floral tributes.

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PM Albanese and Governor-General Hurley to lay a wreath at the statue of Queen Elizabeth at Parliament House in Canberra. A crowd of other parliamentarians and dignitaries assembling pic.twitter.com/ULZ428gVZX

— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) September 9, 2022

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Sports journalists are reporting the AFLW has decided not to hold a minute’s silence before the remainder of the Indigenous round of games this weekend.

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The Age and the Herald Sun are reporting that after initially deciding a minute’s silence would be held, the AFLW sent a memo late last night to say this wouldn’t now happen.

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In The Age, Peter Ryan reports club representatives including Indigenous liaison officers had raised concerns with the league over a lack of consultation.

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The Herald Sun reports there was a minute’s silence for the first game of the round between Western Bulldogs and Fremantle last night.

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AFL decides minutes silence not to proceed in the AFLW indigenous round as they considered sensitivities on issue. Many clubs raised issues after not being consulted properly by the AFL.

— peter ryan (@petryan) September 9, 2022

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News of the death of Queen Elizabeth II came in the early hours of Friday – too late for Australia’s printed newspapers.

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So today is the first opportunity the printed versions of Australia’s papers have had to report the death.

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Here are a few of the front pages from today I’ve been able to find. Many offer “souvenir editions” of their papers.

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Good morning. Here is today's commemorative front page of the Herald https://t.co/YwPCGS5vgN pic.twitter.com/KSfYIiF6Bw

— The Sydney Morning Herald (@smh) September 9, 2022

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The front page of our special commemorative edition of The Saturday Age for September 10, 2022. Read more news online here: pic.twitter.com/dWWeHU8imA

— The Age (@theage) September 9, 2022

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The front cover of tomorrow's 32-page souvenir tribute to the remarkable life of the Queen pic.twitter.com/2ihLoXbx2f

— Anthony De Ceglie (@AnthDeCeglie) September 9, 2022

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Good morning Queensland. Our souvenir edition captures the sombre events of the past 24 hours, as well as all the latest reaction from Queensland. 📰
Read the paper exactly as it was printed here: https://t.co/ImGpDChQaL pic.twitter.com/4B3JyjI0JL

— The Courier-Mail (@couriermail) September 9, 2022

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TODAY'S PAPER
Read the Herald Sun's Queen Elizabeth II souvenir edition online > https://t.co/fEdl0yuUog
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.#Melbourne #Victoria #FrontPage #newspaper #news #QueenElizabethII pic.twitter.com/PdTmbss76L

— Herald Sun (@theheraldsun) September 9, 2022

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SOUVENIR EDITION – THE QUEEN 1926~2022
Making front page news:
– Vale Queen Elizabeth II
A special 24-page liftout will be printed as part of the Saturday Advertiser on September 10 as a commemorative keepsake.
Read the digital edition> https://t.co/yUGiWLRhS9 pic.twitter.com/0YarWxhfjw

— The Advertiser (@theTiser) September 9, 2022

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Here’s how The Guardian looked in the UK.

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The Guardian front page, Friday 9 September 2022; Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022 pic.twitter.com/5ROqSmVqE1

— The Guardian (@guardian) September 8, 2022

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Important events

Here is my colleague Calla Wahlquist who has looked back on the late Queen Elizabeth’s long history of visits to Australia, beginning with the first visit to the country by a reigning monarch in 1954.

They were greeted on their arrival at Sydney Harbor by a crowd of 1 million people – more than half the city’s population at the time. It was the first televised event in Australian history…

It was the first of 16 visits the Queen made to Australia during her 70-year reign. Three generations of Australians have memories of standing on tiptoe, in their crispest school uniform, to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty.

Queen Elizabeth II steps off the royal barge at Farm Cove in Sydney, Australia, becoming Australia's first reigning monarch to set foot in the country, February 3, 1954.
Queen Elizabeth II steps off the royal barge at Farm Cove in Sydney, Australia, becoming Australia’s first reigning monarch to set foot in the country, February 3, 1954. Photo: Fox Photos/Getty Images

My colleague Josh Taylor has this explanation of some of the changes we can expect in Australia after Queen Elizabeth’s death.

From currency and QC to oaths and public holidays.

We’re asking our readers to share their thoughts, memories and tributes on the Queen’s death and the rise of King Charles III.

In other news…

Malcolm Farr has written about new senator David Pocock, and how the ‘Pocock factor’ will affect the government’s success in passing new bills.

Pocock is much more than a new guy who uttered the word “bullshit” in parliament after hearing more climate science denial from a small minority of the usual suspect senators, he writes.

Josh Butler

Josh Butler

After the Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, and the Governor-General, David Hurley, led the laying of wreaths at the Queen’s statue in Parliament, many other federal MPs, including Michaelia Cash, Linda Reynolds, Jane Hume and Gordon Reid followed their example.

After the politicians, dozens of members of Canberra’s diplomatic establishment paid their respects, while foreign ambassadors and embassy representatives also laid floral tributes.

Notable among those who laid flowers and wreaths was the Chinese ambassador Xiao Qianwith tributes from the embassies of New Zealand, Thailand, Serbia, Singapore, Peru, Egypt and many others.

China's Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian lays a wreath at the statue of Queen Elizabeth II at Parliament House in Canberra
China’s ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian, lays a wreath at the statue of Queen Elizabeth II at Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Mick Tsikas/AAP

The Leader of the Opposition, Peter Duttonhe also spoke to reporters after laying wreaths in Parliament.

Dutton said the ceremony and the line-up of diplomats in attendance “really reinforces the impact of the Queen’s death, not only in Commonwealth countries but across the world”.

He said:

That was the impact of the queen, the leadership she provided [time] of her reign, the inspiration she provided for generations, the stoic nature, the way she stood by her people in good times and bad, and it is only right that we were able to lay wreaths today.

Dutton said the King’s first speech of the night continued “with the same selfless spirit in which his mother served and lived her life”.

I want to acknowledge the many outpourings of emotion across the country – the number of messages we’ve had from people in my electorate and across the country who are grieving in different ways.

They’ve been touched in ways because of their own lives and their own experiences, even though they may not have met the Queen, but they took something from her service and they were able to relate to it and I think that was the great strength, the great strength of its leadership.

He was able to connect with people from all walks of life, and that’s why there’s such a deep sense of sadness and mourning.

Politicians, dignitaries and diplomats laid wreaths at the statue of Queen Elizabeth II at Parliament House in Canberra.
Politicians, dignitaries and diplomats laid wreaths at the statue of Queen Elizabeth II at Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Anthony Albanese says Queen’s commitment to service an ‘absolute inspiration’

Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese spoke last night with the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Trusswho met the Queen in Scotland just two days before her death.

Speaking to reporters moments after laying wreaths in Parliament, Albanese said:

We talked about the depth of mourning in the United Kingdom, but I also conveyed the feeling, the depth of grief of the Australian people at the loss of Queen Elizabeth II. We’ll meet when I’m in the UK.

Sometime next week, the prime minister will fly to the UK ahead of the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey. He will also officially meet with King Charles III next to the governor general, David Harley.

The prime minister also commented on the king’s speech at night.

I think there have been many moving tributes to Queen Elizabeth’s contribution, but none more so than King Charles III. King Charles, of course, was paying tribute not only to the sovereign but to his beloved mother, and they were extremely fitting words.

I was particularly struck by his words where he said, “the affection, admiration and respect she inspired became the hallmark of her reign.”

That is why so many Australians have paid moving tributes and are mourning this huge loss, and I reiterate, on behalf of the people of Australia, our condolences to the Royal Family, for their personal loss and to the people of the United Kingdom and the people of the Commonwealth in particular, but also of the whole world for a tremendous loss.

Queen Elizabeth reigned for 70 years, during a time of enormous change. She was a constant, reassuring presence with her compassion, her decency, her commitment to service which is an absolute inspiration and which King Charles referred to in his remarks paying tribute to his late mother.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Finance Minister Katy Gallagher after laying a wreath at the statue of Queen Elizabeth II at Parliament House in Canberra
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Finance Minister Katy Gallagher after laying a wreath at the statue of Queen Elizabeth II at Parliament House in Canberra Photo: Mick Tsikas/AAP

This morning’s solemn and silent wreath-laying ceremony in Parliament will be the first of many formalities and occasions for reflection in the coming weeks after the Queen’s death. Something else will happen tomorrow.

The last time Australia experienced the death of a monarch was on February 6, 1952, when the then prime minister, Robert Menziestold Parliament at 21.50 that King George VI he had died.

Until then governor general William McKell did in 1952, the current governor general, David Harley, will read a proclamation in Parliament tomorrow. He will declare his death queen elizabeth ii and his new reign King Charles III.

Natasha May

Natasha May

Jackie Traynere and Barbara Parker are visiting Sydney from Chicago, Illinois and hailed Hail Marys for the Queen’s death outside Government House in Sydney.

They said their first memory of the Queen was the royal wedding when Princess Diana and Prince Charles married. Parker said:

I worked with a woman who did not want to be disturbed. He rented a hotel room and went in there ordered room service and turned on the TV and just stayed there to watch the whole wedding.

The last big wedding before this was Luke and Laura on General Hospital.

In Sydney for the Queen’s death, Parker said:

I had a woman in the hotel lobby yesterday come up to me, suddenly start hugging me. And he said, did you hear that our queen is dead?

She goes, “aren’t you British? I’m like, no, I’m American, but it’s still sad.

Jackie Traynere and Barbara Parker are visiting Sydney from Chicago Illinois and praised hail Maries for the Queen’s death outside government house in Sydney. pic.twitter.com/TW59gaTUTi

— Natasha May (@natasha__may) September 9, 2022

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Jackie Trainor and Barbara Parker are visiting Sydney from Chicago Illinois and eulogized Mary on the Queen’s death outside Government House in Sydney. pic.twitter.com/TW59gaTUTi

— Natasha May (@natasha__may) September 9, 2022

Jenny Collins brought her 6-year-old daughter Scarlett and 11-year-old son Xavier to lay flowers and a handwritten card at Sydney’s Government House.

I wanted the children to have something to remember and tell their children that they remember when the Queen passed and when they went and saw all these flowers and all the people.

I think it’s important because it’s a moment in time for Australian history and the Queen was – especially for our girls – she was an amazing role model for them. And they’ll know, they’ll know a king forever now, and we grew up with the queen.

Jenny Collins brought her 6 year old daughter Scarlett to lay flowers so she would have something to remember the Queen by.

“The Queen an amazing role model, especially for our girls. They'll know a king forevermore now, and we grew up with the queen.” pic.twitter.com/NhE7LYPux1

— Natasha May (@natasha__may) September 10, 2022

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Jenny Collins brought her 6-year-old daughter Scarlett to lay flowers so she could remember something of the Queen.

“The Queen is an amazing role model, especially for our girls. They will know a king forever now, and we grew up with the queen.’ pic.twitter.com/NhE7LYPux1

— Natasha May (@natasha__may) September 10, 2022

Diplomats have now stopped by the ceremony on Queen’s Terrace laying wreaths and flowers, among others UK High Commissioner Vicki Treadell and the Chinese ambassador Xiao Qian.

The flags in the Parliament, as they are in most places, are currently at half-mast. The ceremony has just ended.

Australian Governor-General Hurley and his wife, and PM Albanese with finance minister Katy Gallagher, lay wreaths at the Queen’s statue in a ceremony at Parliament House pic.twitter.com/HAgsQQeepw

— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) September 10, 2022

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Australia’s Governor-General Hurley and his wife, and Prime Minister Albanese with Finance Minister Katy Gallagher, laid wreaths at the Queen’s statue in a ceremony in Parliament pic.twitter.com/HAgsQQeepw

— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) September 10, 2022

Josh Butler

Josh Butler

Walking up to the statue of the Queen on the terrace of the building in a procession, led by the usher of the Senate of the black rod, Governor General David Harley and his wife paused for a moment to think. They walked forward to lay a wreath of bright yellow flowers, including sunflowers.

Anthony Albanese and Katy Gallagher was next, depositing a similar wreath of yellow and green. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barrr followed.

Speaker of Gouse Milton Dick he was accompanied by the president of the Senate Sue Lines to lay their wreath. Leader of the opposition Peter Dutton followed after.

All wreaths were silently laid.

Green and gold wreaths of flowers have been placed at the foot of the Queen’s statue by Anthony Albanese and Minister of Finance Katy Gallagher.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and the leader of the opposition Peter Dutton follow.

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