Queen’s funeral: Australians and British expats pay tribute in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra

How Aussies and British expats said farewell to the Queen with packed out pubs showing Her Majesty’s funeral in Sydney and thousands turning out to watch the emotional service at Melbourne’s Federation Square

  • Millions of Australians and British expats tuned into the Queen’s state funeral
  • Service and broadcast held at St Andrew’s Cathedral, which Queen visited 1954
  • Crowds also gathered at public broadcasts in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne
  • English pubs across Australia also packed out on Monday night for service
  • The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage

Australians and British expats have packed out churches, pubs and outdoor plazas across the country to pay an emotional tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Billions around the world tuned into live television coverage of Her Majesty’s funeral held in London Monday night Australian time.

Hundreds flocked to St Andrew’s Cathedral in the Sydney CBD, which was visited by the Queen on her first Australian tour in 1954.

The cathedral held solemn choral hymns for 90 minutes as mourners signed condolence books before taking their seats to watch the funeral service which projected on a large screen.

Thousands at home watched the church’s livestream of the service.

Hundreds of others gathered at pubs across the city to toast the Queen and watch the funeral held at Westminster Abbey, including Lord Dudley Hotel at Woollahra, one of Sydney’s oldest English pubs.

Sydney's St. Andrew's Cathedral was packed with mourners on Monday night who gathered to watch the Queen's funeral

Sydney’s St. Andrew’s Cathedral was packed with mourners on Monday night who gathered to watch the Queen’s funeral

Hundreds gathered in Melbourne's Federation Square to watch the live broadcast of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

Hundreds gathered in Melbourne’s Federation Square to watch the live broadcast of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

Across the road from Federation Square, hundreds of Melburnians packed out Young and Jacksons to watch the television coverage of the Queen's funeral

Across the road from Federation Square, hundreds of Melburnians packed out Young and Jacksons to watch the television coverage of the Queen’s funeral

Public commemorations stretched from the city to the west, where screens were installed in Blacktown’s Warrick Lane precinct for locals to watch the funeral. The screens will remain for the national memorial service in Canberra on Thursday.

Elsewhere across the nation, crowds also gathered at Government House in Canberra.

The official residence of the Governor General was the scene of many official ceremonies during the Queen’s 14 visits to Canberra during her 70-year reign.

Government House was also where she stayed during her visits to the nation’s capital.

Its walls were lit up in purple in honour of the Queen along with images of her  through the decades.

In Melbourne, crowds gathered at Federation Square and packed out the nearby Young and Jacksons, the city’s most iconic pub where patrons joined in the singing of hymns played at the funeral.

Melbourne’s landmarks will remain lit until Thursday’s national memorial service while over in the west, bagpipes rang out in Perth in the late monarch’s honour.

One of Sydney's oldest English pubs, Lord Dudley Hotel at Woollahra was packed with Sydneysiders and British expats who gathered to watch the funeral

One of Sydney’s oldest English pubs, Lord Dudley Hotel at Woollahra was packed with Sydneysiders and British expats who gathered to watch the funeral

Melburnians took time out from their usual Monday evening schedules to watch the Queen's funeral at Federation Square

Melburnians took time out from their usual Monday evening schedules to watch the Queen’s funeral at Federation Square

Patrons sing a hymn during Queen Elizabeth II funeral being telecast at the Young & Jacksons Pub in Melbourne

Patrons sing a hymn during Queen Elizabeth II funeral being telecast at the Young & Jacksons Pub in Melbourne

Mourners who attended the St Andrew’s Cathedral service in Sydney said it was a fitting place to farewell the Queen, who died on September 8 aged 96.

‘My mother is English, so I guess we’re part of a royalist family, with that allegiance,’ Matt Palmer told AAP.

After watching many royal weddings at home, Mr Palmer said he wanted to farewell the Queen at St Andrew’s as a way of paying tribute to her faith.

‘I’ve been crying for the last 10 days, and I’ll cry tonight as well,’ mourner Simon Perdriau said.

‘As Elizabeth herself said, grief is the price that we pay for love.’

Mourner Michelle Raft added: ‘I like the idea that she’s been here and that we’ll honour her together,’ Ms Raft said.

Many mourners will return to St Andrew’s Cathedral on Wednesday morning for a memorial service, which will be attended by NSW Governor Margaret Beazley and other dignitaries.

On the other side of the world, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was among 2000 dignitaries invited to attend the funeral in London, along with the governor-general and a small delegation of Australians.

Mr Albanese wore a suit by M.J. Bale, while his partner Jodie Haydon wore a dress by Karen Gee and a hat by Jane Lambert.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also attended with her fiancé, television presenter Clarke Gayford.

Mourners gathered at St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney on Monday to watch the broadcast of the Queen's funeral. The Queen visited the cathedral in 1954

Mourners gathered at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney on Monday to watch the broadcast of the Queen’s funeral. The Queen visited the cathedral in 1954

Mourners at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney on Monday stand during the funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II

Mourners at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney on Monday stand during the funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured with partner Jodie Haydon was among the dignitaries at the Queen's funeral service at Westminster Abbey

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured with partner Jodie Haydon was among the dignitaries at the Queen’s funeral service at Westminster Abbey

A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was proudly on display at Sydney's Lord Dudley Hotel during a live stream of her state funeral

A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was proudly on display at Sydney’s Lord Dudley Hotel during a live stream of her state funeral

Mr Albanese was among the estimated crowd of 750,000 people who viewed Queen Elizabeth’s coffin in Westminster Hall ahead of her state funeral.

On the weekend, he also met King Charles III at Buckingham Palace along with his counterparts from the 14 Commonwealth realms.

The prime minister described his meeting with the King as warm and friendly, saying it provided him a moment to personally offer his condolences.

‘It’s a very personal bereavement that he’s feeling,’ Mr Albanese told the BBC.

Australians will continue to pay their respects on Thursday, declared as a national public holiday.

A memorial service will be held at Parliament House in Canberra, which will be broadcast across the nation.

All state and territory leaders and justices of the High Court will attend the national memorial, where Mr Albanese and Opposition Leader Peter Dutton will offer tributes to the late monarch.

King Charles III is pictured on a screen as people gather to watch a broadcast of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth at an English pub in Sydney,

King Charles III is pictured on a screen as people gather to watch a broadcast of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth at an English pub in Sydney,

A long queue of mourners lined up at Sydney's St. Andrew's Cathedral on Monday night to sign condolence books for the late Queen

A long queue of mourners lined up at Sydney’s St. Andrew’s Cathedral on Monday night to sign condolence books for the late Queen

Fiona Wong leaves a message of condolence for herself and family in Hong Kong for Queen Elizabeth II at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney

Fiona Wong leaves a message of condolence for herself and family in Hong Kong for Queen Elizabeth II at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney

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