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Australia reacts to Queen Elizabeth II’s death: Albanese hails monarch as ‘absolute inspiration’ as leaders lay wreaths at Parliament House | Australia news

Key events

Saturday so far

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Here’s a summary of what’s happened on a day of mostly quiet formality as Australia spent its first day since 1952 without Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.

  • The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, led parliamentary and diplomatic figures in laying a wreath for the Queen at parliament House. He said the Queen had been an “absolute inspiration”.

  • Albanese spoke with UK prime minister Liz Truss and discussed the “depth of mourning that is occurring in the United Kingdom” and conveyed Australia’s sadness.

  • The AFLW won’t have a minute’s silence for games in its Indigenous round this weekend. The AFL said it would move its Brownlow medal event to avoid a clash with the Queen’s funeral.

  • At 10am in London today (7pm in Canberra), King Charles…

Read more at www.theguardian.com

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