“It’s probably even more surprising to be part of 2000 people actually seeing this when it hasn’t happened in over 70 years. In fact, the biggest surprise is that Nick Cave will be there too!”
Veteran rocker Nick Cave, who was awarded the Gallantry Cross in 2003 for his heroic efforts in the 2002 Bali bombings, will join a band that includes Richard Joyes.
Jasmine Coe – UK Wiradjuri artist and founder and curator of Coe Gallery, the UK’s first and only Aboriginal-owned art gallery – along with youth advocate Yasmin Poole, COVID nurse Emily Regan and The Sopranos Yvonne Kelly.
She was also accepted by Rockhampton-born Leanne Benjamin, a former principal dancer at London’s Royal Ballet.
After retiring in 2013 at a stunning age of 49, the acclaimed and award-winning dancer now works as a coach for companies such as the Royal Ballet. She’s mostly emphasizing what to wear.
“I am very grateful and fortunate to have been accepted by the UK and Australia,” she said.
“I had the chance to dance for the royal family and got to know a lot of the royal family, including Princess Diana, Princess Margaret and I performed with the Queen Mother on her 101st birthday. I even had the chance to meet her backstage.”
But about a day after the service, she said she had a problem a woman might have: what to wear.
“The suggestion, I think, is that it needs to be appropriate for the ceremony,” Benjamin said. “And I think it should be something below the knee or knee length—not a miniskirt. A lot of my clothes are short. And a hat, which I think would be appropriate.”
Oxford University professor Merryn Voysey, who was instrumental in AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine trial, said she was “very happy” to represent the country.
“It’s going to be amazing, I never thought I’d be a part of it,” she said.