Here's why 'Killing Eve' star Sandra Oh will be among VIPs at Queen's funeral
Sandra Oh joins the delegation as a member of the Order of Canada alongside musician Gregory Charles and Olympic gold medallist Mark Tewksbury
LONDON, ENGLAND: Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday, September 19, and it will be covered by BBC One, BBC News, and BBC iPlayer. It is already said to be the most-watched broadcast in history, surpassing the opening ceremony of the 1996 Olympics. While leaders from all around the world will pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, some unsung heroes and special guests from the UK and the Commonwealth will also join the delegates, including Sandra Oh, the 'Killing Eve' and 'Grey's Anatomy' actress.
The 51-year-old actress is set to join the Order of Canada delegation alongside two other Canadians - musician Gregory Charles and Olympic swimmer Mark Tewkesbury. After starring in the BBC series, 'Killing Eve', which won five British Academy Film Awards during its run, she was awarded The Order of Canada after raising her profile in the UK in June 2022. The Canadian delegation at the Queen's funeral will be led by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau including governor general Mary Simon. Former prime ministers and governors-general will also join.
Born in Canada to Korean parents, Sandra Oh, apart from enjoying Baftas and The Order of Canada, has also bagged Emmy nominations for her role as Dr Cristina Yang in 'Grey's Anatomy'. With over 13 Emmy nominations for her spot-on performances, she is also an acclaimed producer. During a special session of Canada's House of Commons on Thursday, September 15, the details of the delegation were made public via a special address given by Trudeau. The delegation is further expected to arrive at UK's Westminster Abbey shortly before the funeral as the day will be marked by a day of national mourning in Canada.
Real-life heroes and special guests to join world leaders
The broadcast is estimated to have slightly more than 4 billion broadcasts, making it the most-watched broadcast in history. It's also expected to have more than a million people packing into London to witness the historic spectacle on Monday, September 19. Westminster Abbey will open its doors at 8 am on Monday morning to allow a congregation of nearly 2,000 VIPs to take their seats, which will also include the royal King Kiingi Tuheitia, 67.
Coming as a special guest, the fearless mother and knife crime campaigner, Natalie Queiroz, from Birmingham, will also attend the funeral. She was almost stabbed to death while she was pregnant by her ex-husband in a vicious nine-minute attack. Another one attending would be the lifeboat volunteer Guy Addington, who met the Queen in 2011. Being a member of RNLI, the man saved 13 lives at sea in his 27 years of with the charity. The 44-year-old told The Mirror, "It's an unbelievable honor and a massive privilege. It's probably the most amazing, most surreal thing that has happened to me."