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Queen Elizabeth dies: Australia may get public holiday to mark Queen’s passing

A national day of mourning — likely a public holiday — will be held in Australia to mark the death of Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Elizabeth II.

The royal family confirmed the Queen passed away at Balmoral Castle at 6.30pm UK time, triggering long held plans, updated regularly that guide what will happen next.

In Australia, a national day of commemoration will form part of Australia’s plan to pay tribute to the Queen, according to leaked secret plans reported in The Weekend Australian.

In this image taken from video, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese addresses the nation on the news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in Canberra, Australia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and a rock of stability in a turbulent era for her country and the world, died Thursday, Sept. 8, after 70 years on the throne. She was 96. (ABC via AP)
Camera IconAustralian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese addresses the nation on the news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Credit: ABC/AP

A brief given to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was obtained which highlights the nation’s plans to mourn the loss of the 96-year-old and celebrate her life.

On top of the potential public holiday, other plans include four official Australian mourners and 10 to 12 notable Australians attending the Queen’s funeral, and a special meeting of the Executive Council to proclaim Charles the King and new monarch of Australia.

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Mr Albanese was to be informed of the Queen’s passing an hour before a public declaration by Buckingham Palace was announced — a similar practice to when Prince Philip died last year.

A special black tie, which has been passed down from Prime Minister to Prime Minister to mark the Queen’s passing, was handed down to Mr Albanese to wear on the solemn day.

Speaking on 6PR, the Prime Minister confirmed he was notified of the Queen’s passing in the early hours of Friday morning as per official protocol.

“There is protocol involved in this. I was notified that I was to receive a call from the Governor General,” he said.

“I spoke to His Excellency in the early hours before the public announcement, and then the protocols were the Governor General was the first to issue a statement and I was to issue a statement about an hour later.

“It’s been a long evening putting in place the measures that will be apart of, what will be a 10 day period of mourning.”

Mr Albanese confirmed the Governor General is returning to Canberra from Adelaide early Friday morning.

It comes after the Prime Minister addressed the nation shortly after the Queen’s passing, paying tribute.

“Queen Elizabeth II is the only reigning monarch most of us have known, and the only one to ever visit Australia,” he said.

“Her Majesty was a rare and reassuring constant amidst rapid change. Through the noise and turbulence of the years, she embodies and exhibited a timeless decency and enduring calm.

“From her first trip here, it was clear Her Majesty had a special place in our hearts, and we, in hers,” Mr Albanese said.

Saturday, in a special 32 page commemorative liftout, The West Australian pays tribute to the extraordinary life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We celebrate her life, from early childhood and her ascension to the throne, to life with her beloved Prince Phillip and family. Don’t miss this special edition of The West Australian on Saturday.

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