Australian attending Queen’s funeral had a ‘special’ moment with Her Majesty

Australian attending Queen’s funeral had a ‘special’ moment with Her Majesty

2022 Australian of the Year Local Hero, Shanna Whan, is one of the chosen "everyday" Australians to attend the Queen’s funeral next week.

“It was a request from the Palace that 10 everyday citizens who make contributions to their local communities be invited to the Queen’s funeral,” Mr Albanese said during a media conference on Tuesday.

Ms Whan alongside other Australian of the Year recipients had an opportunity to meet the Queen via Zoom for her Majesty’s Jubilee.

"When I had my conversation with the Queen, I managed to sneak in there our mutual love for dogs and horses, and so I got a pretty gorgeous, special smile," Ms Whan told Sky News Australia.

"I am a fan of her Majesty for her service work … If that makes me a monarchist, I don’t know.

"I am just someone who appreciates a lifetime of service and I think that is worth well-honouring and that is what I will be happy to do."

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