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Thousands flocked to the streets of London to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II at her funeral on September 19. Among the saddened crowd were some famous faces, including none other than Grey’s Anatomy graduate Sandra Oh, who followed the Queen’s coffin as he walked from the State Funeral Service at Westminster Abbey to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Chapel for a funeral service was transported. Oh’s appearance at the funeral, surrounded by members of the royal family and world leaders, caught the internet by surprise, but the ‘Princess Diaries’ star had good reason to secure an invitation to the Queen’s funeral.
“The Order of Canada celebrates the lives, struggles and achievements of people from coast to coast to coast and from all walks of life.”
In June, the Governor General of Canada appointed Oh – a dual Canadian/US citizen – to be an Officer of the Order of Canada, the second highest civilian honor in Canada’s honors system. Oh received the title “for an artistic career filled with memorable stage, television and film roles in Canada and abroad,” according to Governor General Mary Simon’s official announcement. As an initiate, Oh joins more than 7,600 people across Canada in the Order.
Queen Elizabeth II created the Order of Canada in 1967 “to honor those whose service shapes our society, whose innovation inspires our imagination, and whose compassion unites our communities.” According to the Governor-General, “The Order of Canada celebrates the life, endeavors and achievements of people from coast to coast and from all walks of life.” She continues: “Today’s appointees come from a wide range of sectors, have achieved national and international success and demonstrated ingenuity, innovation and generosity. In addition, they have made a difference and commitment in their communities and for Canada with their outstanding commitment. Congratulations to the new appointments to the Order of Canada and to those celebrating promotion within the Order.”
Running Wild presenter Bear Grylls also appeared at the Queen’s funeral, having been appointed the youngest Chief Scout for the UK and Overseas Territories in 2009 at the age of 35, beginning his second term in that role in 2015. Other celebrities in attendance included UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, former UK Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, Scotland’s First Woman Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.
Other participants included French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford, Queen Letizia of Spain, King Felipe VI. of Spain, Queen Rania of Jordan and King Abdullah II of Jordan, Emperors of Japan Naruhito and Empress Masako, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon, and President of Israel Isaac Herzog and his wife Michael Herzog.
President of Italy Sergio Mattarella, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and his wife Michelle Bolsonaro, Queen Margrethe II and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, Princess Beatrix and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece was also present.