Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made a moving speech at the ceremony held in the UK city of Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Prior to attending the Portsmouth ceremony with other world leaders, Mr Morrison and his wife Jenny attended his first official audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
At the meeting the Prime Minister presented Her Majesty with a gift on behalf of the Australian people.
Mr Morrison said later he could not divulge his private conversation with Her Majesty, but he could assure Australians that the Queen was overjoyed at receiving her own Cronulla Sharks bucket hat, socks, coffee mug, and fan cushion (main picture).
“As Australia’s head of state Her Majesty undoubtedly follows the NRL with great interest,” he said.
“She was especially interested in this week’s first game in the 2019 State of Origin comp, and told me she always regretted the fact that she was never able to attend one of the three Origin games on any of her official visits to our country.
“I can’t say much more except that when I asked her which Origin side she barracked for, Her Majesty winked and said she favoured any team with her name in it.”
Later Mr Morrison participated in the international ceremony at Portsmouth on the English Channel to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Allied invasion of Europe that led eventually to the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of World War II.
Mr Morrison took the stage as one of the featured speakers to mark Australia’s role in the D-Day landings and the wider conflict in Europe (pictured).
Observers said Mr Morrison’s speech was brief but memorable.
“How good was D-Day?” he began, before folding his speech notes and beginning to depart the stage.
After suddenly remembering he had neglected to read his full prepared remarks, Mr Morrison returned to the lectern to complete his speech, saying: “It showed if you have a go, you’ll get a go.”
He then refolded his speech notes and finally left the stage.