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Anthony Albanese in London: PM reveals wording of Queen’s tribute speech before Her Majesty’s funeral

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will invoke Labor royalty Bob Hawke – and the deep love of horse racing he shared with Queen Elizabeth II – when paying tribute to Her Majesty at a commemorative luncheon being held in London on Sunday.

In an address to be delivered the day before the Queen’s state funeral, Mr Albanese will recount the story of the Her Majesty and Mr Hawke taking in a thoroughbred race in Canberra in 1988 – which came during one of her 16 visits to Australia.

“Along the way, (Queen Elizabeth) had one of the most Australian experiences of all – sitting next to Bob Hawke at the races when his horse was winning,” Mr Albanese will tell the Australia House Commemorative Luncheon.

“The photograph of these two connoisseurs of the turf in that moment is a perfect study in balance – the Queen sitting serenely, Bob going off like a firecracker in a suit.

“Bob was criticised, but as he later reflected: ‘I took great pleasure a little later in pointing to an image of the Queen showing similar exultation when one of her horses won in England.’”

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