Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says Queen Elizabeth II developed a relationship with Australia “that was so important”.
“Her first visit was almost two months long and she visited dozens of cities and towns right around our vast continent, it was the first of her 16 visits,” Mr Albanese told Sky News Australia in an exclusive interview ahead of his meeting with King Charles III.
“And during that period she met, of course, prominent Australians, but she also met everyday Australians.”
Mr Albanese said this was part of a six-month world tour around the Commonwealth.
“During that period, Queen Elizabeth was a regular visitor to our shores and she engaged with some 16 prime ministers, 16 governors-general, so this was a period of massive change in which the Queen was a constant reassuring presence.”