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Australia’s prime minister Anthony Albanese will depart today to represent the nation at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London on Monday.
A quarter of the 2,000 places at Westminster Abbey have been reserved for heads of state and their partners, with Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron and Naruhito, the emperor of Japan, the best-known guests confirmed as coming from abroad.
At the request of the late Queen, 10 “everyday” Australian citizens are also invited to attend including Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott, senior Australians of the Year from this year and last and the Australian Racing Hall of Fame’s Chris Waller.
Horse trainers Gai and Robbie Waterhouse – who trained some of the Queen’s horses – have also been separately invited by Buckingham Palace, while Victoria cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith, a former soldier who is engaged in a defamation case over reports that he alleges wrongly…