ARIA Award winner Anthony Callea will take the stage when Australia farewell’s Queen Elizabeth at Parliament House on Thursday.
The former Australian Idol contestant has been confirmed for the Queen’s national memorial, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese told Englishheadline Australia on Sunday.
Queen Elizabeth II heard the Melbourne-born singer’s impressive vocals at the Commonwealth Day Church Service in Sydney in 2006 two years after he rose to stardom here in Australia.
The Prime Minister has also revealed he and Opposition Leader Peter Dutton will deliver short tributes to the Queen at Australia’s farewell to the late monarch, which will be lead by TV presenter Melissa Doyle.
Premiers and chief ministers of each state and territory have confirmed their attendance at the memorial Mr Albanese said, as well as all state governors and justices of the High Court.
“It will be an opportunity to mourn as a nation,” Mr Albanese said.
“An important day to pay tribute to the life and service of Queen Elizabeth II.”
Mr Albanese has joined world leaders and dignitaries in London to pay respect to Queen Elizabeth where he has met with King Charles III to express Australia’s condolences.
“He is going through a bereavement, a loss of his mother, so soon after he lost his father,” Mr Albanese told Englishheadline Australia’s Kieran Gilbert.
“King Charles, I think is going through an extraordinarily difficult time on a personal level.”
He will return to Australia on Wednesday before the National Day of Mourning on Thursday.
Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey on Monday at 8pm Australian time.