Anthony Albanese has paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in touching scenes after landing in London overnight.
The Australian Prime minster, along with Governor General David Hurley and their partners, have arrived in the England ahead of the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
Mr Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon placed flowers near an Australian flag in Green Park, which is located in central London near Buckingham Palace.
The pair were surrounded by hundreds of other mourners still grieving the Queen’s death.
“It’s a great honor to be representing Australia here,” Mr Albanese said.
“Quite clearly what we can see all around us is the affection in which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was held by people here in the United Kingdom … and right around the Commonwealth.”
In the lead up to Monday’s funeral, Mr Albanese will meet with other world leaders and King Charles III.
He said he would pass on the country’s sincere condolences to the new King.
“This is of course, the loss of the monarch for Commonwealth nations … but for him, it’s the loss of his mother as well,” Mr Albanese said.
He said Queen’s funeral would be a “sombre day”, but also a celebration of a “life well lived” and “life of service.”
Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will be held at 8pm AEST on Monday.
Originally published as Anthony Albanese’s touching Queen tribute after arriving in London