#information Queen Elizabeth’s funeral: Awkward moment Ben Roberts-Smith boards commercial flight to London #WorldNews
The Victoria Cross recipient left Brisbane for London on Thursday morning after each he and the three different Australian recipients of the nation’s highest honour had been invited to The Queen’s funeral.
Mr Albanese individually prolonged invites to 10 ‘on a regular basis residents’ who had been invited by Buckingham Palace to attend the September 19 service – together with horse trainers Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller, and Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott.
That group may also be flying to the UK on Mr Albanese’s jet on Thursday.
Ben Roberts-Smith checked in to his commercial flight to attend The Queen’s funeral in London on Monday
Queen Elizabeth greets Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith in 2011
Mr Roberts-Smith, 43, and three different dwelling Australian Victoria Cross recipients had been invited individually by the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association
Mr Roberts-Smith, 43, and different Australian Victoria Cross recipients had been invited individually by the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association.
The Queen was patron of the affiliation because it started in 1956, and requested earlier than her dying that every one dwelling members be invited to her funeral.
Afghanistan veterans Mark Donaldson and Daniel Keighran and Vietnam veteran Keith Payne are the opposite three Australian struggle heroes invited.
As they had been invited individually to Mr Albanese’s entourage they have to make their very own approach to London, however the Defence Department stated the federal government would cowl the price of their flights ‘upon request’.
Mr Donaldson will characterize the quartet in an order of chivalry procession on the day of the funeral and sit within the knave of Westminster Abbey for the funeral.
The different three, together with Mr Roberts-Smith, will sit elsewhere within the church farther away from proceedings. All are invited to see The Queen mendacity in state.
Mr Robert-Smith being invited, as a Victoria Cross recipient, was uncontroversial however some Australian diplomates had been reportedly irritated he accepted it.
This is regardless of him declining being probably seen as failing to honour The Queen’s needs in extending the invitation.
Australian High Commission officers in London anticipated he would decline to attend whereas dogged by accusations of struggle crimes and a high-profile trial, and are involved that he can be there.
His invitation has additionally been met with outrage from some reporters at Nine, regardless of it being computerized due to his medal.
Mr Roberts-Smith is awaiting judgement on a defamation case towards Nine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and The Age after he sued them for a sequence of stories accusing him of murdering Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan, which he strongly denies.
As they had been invited individually to Mr Albanese’s entourage they have to make their very own approach to London, however the authorities will cowl the price of their flights ‘upon request’
Dressed in brown boots, denims and a gray jacket, the towering ex-corporal walked alone with a number of luggage earlier than checking in and continuing by way of safety
Australian struggle heroes at Queen’s funeral
Corporal Mark Donaldson, Special Air Service: Awarded VC in 2009 for heroism through the War in Afghanistan
Warrant Officer Class II Keith Payne, Australian Army: Awarded VC in 1969 for heroism within the Vietnam War
Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, SAS: Awarded VC in 2011 for heroism through the War in Afghanistan
Corporal Daniel Keighran, Australian Army: Awarded VC in 2012 for heroism through the War in Afghanistan
Dressed in brown boots, denims and a gray jacket, the towering retired corporal walked alone with a number of luggage earlier than checking in and continuing by way of safety.
He described the late Monarch as ‘magnificent’, including that she was ‘stoic chief’ and ‘a beautiful woman’.
‘I had an immense respect for her and he or she was somebody I admired vastly. In each interplay I had with The Queen she was heat, insightful and interesting,’ he stated.
‘She was an impressive monarch, a stoic chief, and importantly only a beautiful woman. I really feel extraordinarily honoured to be lucky sufficient to pay my respects to The Queen and humbled that she noticed match to embody the Victoria Cross recipients in her funeral procession.’
The adorned digger stated it was a ‘surreal’ expertise and that he was ‘stunned’ by her ‘kindness’ and ‘intelligence’ when he met Her Majesty in 2011 to be awarded his medal.
‘She type of dropped her purse on the double-seated sofa and pointed for me to sit down, and I assumed that she would sit reverse me,’ he recalled to the West Australian.
‘But she sat proper subsequent to me and grabbed my arm and began speaking to me about simply having simply flown again from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the moment.’
Australian High Commission officers did not imagine Mr Roberts-Smith was going to attend the funeral and are uneasy about his presence given his court docket battle
Mr Roberts-Smith is awaiting judgement on a defamation case towards Nine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and The Age after he sued them for a sequence of stories accusing him of murdering Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan, which he strongly denies
The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes journalist Nick McKenzie marked the event by tweeting that Mr Roberts-Smith has been the ‘topic of a number of… alleged struggle crimes investigations by the Australian Federal Police.’
No prices have ever been laid towards Roberts-Smith.
Proceedings within the Federal Court case ended on July 27 after greater than 100 days of hearings.
Other Australians invited on Mr Albanese’s jet embody 2022 and 2021 Senior Australian of the Year Valmai Dempsy and Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann AM, 2022 Australian of the Year Local Hero Shanna Whan, 2022 Queensland Local Hero Saba Abraham, and Tasmanian Local Hero Kim Smith APM.
Trudy Lin, Young Australian of the Year, from South Australia, and Western Australia’s 2021 Australian of the Year Professor Helen Milroy may also be a part of the delegation.
Danny Abdallah – who shocked Australia by forgiving a drunk and drug-addled driver who fatally ploughed into his three youngsters and their cousin them 2020 – may also fly with the group on the PM’s aircraft.
Mr Roberts-Smith casts a constroversial determine after a sequence of allegations following his rise to prominence after receiving the Victoria Cross
The towering ex-corporal walks by way of Brisbane International Airport on Thursday morning
Mr Albanese additionally supplied an area on his flight to Gai and Robert Waterhouse, champion racing figures who had a private relationship with The Queen.
Mr Waterhouse instructed the Sydney Morning Herald it was ‘very gracious’ of the PM to invite them aboard the VIP jet.
‘We have identified the Queen and the Queen Mother for a very long time, since Gai skilled Clarence House for the Queen Mother, and we have now had a long-standing relationship with them,’ he stated.
‘Gai additionally skilled Carlton House and Bold Sniper for the Queen, and we have now had the privilege of taking afternoon tea with the Queen and her mom at Royal Ascot and others on a variety of events. They had been exceptional folks.
‘It is a really unhappy event, however we had been more than happy to be commanded by the Lord Chamberlain to her majesty’s committal. It was very gracious of the prime minister to invite us to journey on his aircraft.’
Also on Mr Albanese’s aircraft are leaders of Pacific Islands nations whom the PM stated may hitch a journey with him to save their small international locations the expense.