Ben Roberts-Smith to attend Queen’s commemorations

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“She was an impressive monarch, a stoic chief, and importantly only a pretty girl.”

Victorian Cross recipients from a number of Commonwealth nations have been invited to take part in an order of chivalry procession on the day of the Queen’s funeral.

Afghanistan struggle veteran Mark Donaldson, who was awarded the Victoria Cross in 2009, is slated to signify Australia’s Victoria Cross and George Cross recipients within the procession and to see the Queen mendacity in state.

Donaldson will sit within the nave of Westminster Abbey whereas the opposite Australian veterans sit elsewhere within the church.

Roberts-Smith and the opposite Victoria Cross winners will even have the choice to see the Queen mendacity in state.

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The ten “on a regular basis” Australians will journey to London with Albanese on the federal government’s VIP jet, however not Roberts-Smith and the opposite struggle veterans.

A Defence Division spokesman mentioned the federal government would that cowl the price of business flights “upon request” of these invited.

Fellow Victoria Cross recipients Afghanistan Battle veteran Daniel Keighran and Vietnam Battle veteran Keith Payne are additionally anticipated to attend the occasion if doable.

Payne, 89, is the final dwelling Australian recipient of the unique “Imperial” Victoria Cross.

Former Victorian police constable Michael Pratt, who acquired the George Cross medal for excellent bravery in his efforts to thwart an armed financial institution theft in 1976, can also be amongst these travelling to London to attend the funeral.

Albanese mentioned Buckingham Palace had requested that 10 on a regular basis residents who’ve made necessary contributions to their native communities be invited to the Queen’s funeral in all 15 Commonwealth realms.

He mentioned the chosen 10 Australians “embody a rare contribution to our nation” and represented the nation’s six states and two territories.

This yr’s Senior Australian of the 12 months Val Dempsey, a volunteer with the St John Ambulance for greater than 50 years, is among the many 10 chosen Australians.

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The others heading to the funeral embrace 2021 Senior Australian of the yr Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann, 2022 Australian of the 12 months Native Hero Shanna Whan, Queensland’s native hero nominee, Saba Abraham, and Tasmanian counterpart Kim Smith, South Australia’s Younger Australian of the 12 months, Trudy Lin, and Western Australia’s 2021 Australian of the 12 months Professor Helen Milroy.

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