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Monday 05 November 2018

Commemorations for the Centenary of the First World War Armistice, a visit to the gravesite of the first Governor of Queensland, and reaffirming the enduring friendship between Queensland and London are at the centre of an international visit for His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC.

The Governor and Mrs Kaye de Jersey are scheduled to arrive in the United Kingdom this afternoon, Queensland time, beginning a visit which will include Remembrance Day services at Hyde Park Corner, London on 10 November and the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, France on 11 November.

“We are deeply honoured to have the opportunity to represent all Queenslanders at these services – turning our attention to the end of World War I, the war to end all wars, and to the promise of peace and new beginnings,” His Excellency said.

“Sadly, despite the ideals of the 1918 armistice, conflict continues in the world, and on Remembrance Day we will also pause to remember our men and women who are currently in active service.

“At the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, co-located with the Australian National Memorial in France, we will visit the gravesite of World War I soldier Private William Henry McRae, who was born in South Brisbane.

“At the nearby Heath Cemetery we will pay our respects to Gympie-born Lieutenant Cecil Arthur Auchterlonie, and Private Roy Clarence Lucas, a World War I soldier born in Goondiwindi.

“Kaye and I will also visit Kensal Green Cemetery in London, and will lay a wreath at the gravesite of the first Governor of Queensland, the Right Honourable Sir George Bowen.”

During the visit, the Governor and Mrs de Jersey will host a dinner for inspiring Queenslanders living in London, and will tour the Royal Ballet to meet outstanding Queenslanders making their mark on the international stage.

His Excellency will also meet with a number of senior representatives from both Australia and the United Kingdom, including the Honourable George Brandis QC, Australian High Commissioner; His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex, Chair of the Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh International Award, a program which currently involves more than 8,600 young Queenslanders; Lord Marland of Odstock, Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council; and leaders from DFAT, Austrade, the Department of Defence, the Brisbane Observatory Trust, and the Britain-Australia Society.