Queen Elizabeth death: Anthony Callea to perform at memorial service in Canberra, PM Albanese says

A surprise Aussie act has been given the nod to perform at Queen Elizabeth’s memorial service, Anthony Albanese has revealed. Australians will get a one-off public holiday for the national day of mourning for the late monarch on Thursday, with the holiday coinciding with a memorial service. The Prime Minister told Sky News the event, to be held at Parliament House in Canberra, will feature a performance by singer Anthony Callea and television presenter Melissa Doyle will MC. “It will be an important day to pay tribute to the life and service of Queen Elizabeth II,” Mr Albanese said. Premiers and chief ministers, justices of the High Court, and federal parliamentarians have been invited to the service, which will feature “short tributes” from the Prime Minister and opposition leader Peter Dutton. Mr Albanese, who personally leans towards Australia becoming a republic, dismissed critics who have lashed the Prime Minister for refusing to engage in the debate so soon after the Queen’s death. “I have a responsibility to represent the nation at this time,” he said. “There, of course, has always been a debate about our Constitution and those issues, and it’s up to people to act according to what they think is right.“I think that it is very important that during this period of mourning, that I express the view which overwhelmingly the nation is feeling at this time, which is this as a period of grief, but also one of giving thanks.”Mr Albanese, who met with his UK counterpart Liz Truss and King Charles overnight, will on Sunday evening attend a reception of world leaders at Buckingham Palace. The guest list is expected to include US President Joe Biden and Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well as working members of the royal family. Mr Albanese said he had a “positive” meeting with Ms Truss and suggested he raised issues such as the trade agreement and AUKUS with the new UK Prime Minister.However, given Britain’s is currently a period of mourning, an official readout of the meeting was not provided. Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral will take place on Monday evening Australian time. Originally published as Surprise act to headline Queen memorial in CanberraRead related topics:Anthony AlbaneseQueen Elizabeth