Australia responds to Queen Elizabeth II’s death: Albanian and Dutton lay wreaths at Parliament House |  Australia news

Australia responds to Queen Elizabeth II’s death: Albanian and Dutton lay wreaths at Parliament House | Australia news

Australia responds to Queen Elizabeth II’s death: Albanian and Dutton lay wreaths at Parliament House |  Australia news

Monuments and buildings light up in honor of the Queen

You may have seen the stunning images of the Sydney Opera House last night with a photo of the late Queen Elizabeth projected onto one of the sails.

Other buildings in Australia were also lit up to honor the late monarch, and Melbourne’s Flinders Street station went purple.

All over the world, from the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro to the Empire State Building in New York, monuments have been turned into tribute.

The Sydney Opera House is lit up in honor of Queen Elizabeth II in Sydney.
The Sydney Opera House is lit up in honor of Queen Elizabeth II in Sydney. Photo: Mark Baker/AP

King Charles III gives first address

the new frost, King Charles III (it’s still strange to type that), gave his first address at night from a drawing room in Buckingham Palace – the places from which his mother gave Christmas speeches.

Here’s our story on that. You can also view the address in full.

King Charles III gives his address from Buckingham Palace.
King Charles III gives his address from Buckingham Palace. Photo: WPA/Getty Images

Australians have woken up for their first full day under a new head of state, King Charles IIIafter the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Thank you for joining us again for Guardian Australia’s live news coverage for this Saturday. I’m Graham Readfearn.

We can expect more details to be confirmed today about the timing of the events that triggered the Queen’s death. Much will depend on the date of the Queen’s funeral.

A wreath ceremony will take place later today on the Queen’s Terrace in Parliament House in Canberra, where the Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanianwill join the governor general, David Hurleythe opposition leader, Peter Duttonand others.

Last night Albanian spoke to the British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, to express his sincere condolences to the Government and people of the United Kingdom.

The two leaders spoke about the “life, legacy and devotion to duty” of Queen Elizabeth II. Albanian also congratulated Truss on her election as leader.

Here’s a quick recap of how it went yesterday:

  • In the early hours of Friday, the news broke in Australia about Queen Elizabeth II‘s death. Throughout the day, tributes poured in from the worlds of politics and government, sports and civil society.

  • Anthony Albaniansaid the loss would be felt deep in Australia. Queen Elizabeth was the only reigning monarch most Australians had known, he said.

  • Governor David Hurley and Albanian will fly to London on Thursday for the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey, the date of which has yet to be confirmed. The federal parliament will be suspended for 15 days, flags will fly at half-mast and state parliaments will not meet next week.

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  • Last night, a 96-round gun salute was held in Parliament House – one round for each year of the Queen’s life.

  • The sails of the Sydney Opera House, which Queen Elizabeth II opened in 1973, were lit in her honor. This also applied to monuments in other cities.

  • Addressing the nation Friday night, Hurley said the Queen had left a legacy that few in history could have matched. “Her Majesty’s presence in our lives has been a source of comfort and reassurance,” he said. “She was a constant in our lives, a symbol of stability, inspiration and servant leadership.”

  • The Queen’s death also sparked a public conversation about the future of the monarchy in Australia after Greens leader Adam Bandt wrote on Twitter: “we must become a republic”.

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