Australians could be seeing a new public holiday commemorating Queen Elizabeth II as part of a national plan to observe the monarch’s death.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been handed a new brief in preparation for the ominous event.
The plan states that Albanese will be informed of the Queen’s death roughly an hour prior to a Buckingham Palace public statement being sent out, and immediately after being informed of the news, our Prime Minister will also put on a special black tie to mark the Queen’s passing.
It has been revealed that 10-12 notable Australians will be invited to the Queen’s funeral before the Governor General will publicly declare Prince Charles to be Australia’s king.
A National Day of Commemoration is more than likely to become a new public holiday for Australia.
Meanwhile, in other commonwealth countries, during the period in between the Queen’s death and funeral, 10 days of mourning and remembrance will be observed.
Flags will be flown at half-mast for the 10 days, except on the day of Prince Charles’ ascension to the throne, and bells will ring at churches across Australia. A state funeral will be held, as well as a special service at an Anglican cathedral.
It comes after Queen Elizabeth says she had been “humbled and deeply touched” by the number of people coming out to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee at the conclusion of four days of festivities to mark her 70 years on the British throne.
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