Australia’s Governor-General spoke about the early morning phone call he “desperately” didn’t want to receive, telling him that Queen Elizabeth II had died.

A brooding David Hurley, dressed in a black suit and tie, addressed the nation on Friday night and described the dreaded call that came from Buckingham Palace at 1.38am Adelaide time.

“I felt like it was news that I desperately didn’t want to hear,” Mr Hurley said.

Governor General David Hurley said the Queen’s influence on Australia was based on a “special bond” and values ​​that will continue to be relevant to all Australians.

Mr Hurley, who will now travel for the Queen’s funeral which is due to take place at Westminster Abbey in London, is already officially representing her son and heir, King Charles III, in Australia.

Although the tragic appeal began a “very sad time for us”, the Queen’s influence in Australia will continue, Mr Hurley said.

This influence is based on a “special bond” with Australia. During her 16 visits, the Queen “admired our laid-back approach to life and our sense of humour”.

“What is clear is that while his life is over, his example for all of us was not,” Mr Hurley said.

Mr Hurley said that on many occasions the Queen had shown compassion, selflessness and love for Australia and understood that we wanted

Mr Hurley said on many occasions the Queen had shown compassion, selflessness and love for Australia and understood that we wanted to ‘control our own destiny’.

A brooding David Hurley, dressed in a black suit and tie, addressed the nation on Friday night and described the dreaded call that came from Buckingham House at 1.38am Adelaide time.

A brooding David Hurley, dressed in a black suit and tie, addressed the nation on Friday night and described the dreaded call that came from Buckingham House at 1.38am Adelaide time.

He said as well as being “a symbol of stability”, the Queen has demonstrated values ​​and a dedication to others that should inspire all Australians.

Mr Hurley also shared two conversations he had with Her Majesty before her death which illustrated her remarkable character.

One came just after the death of her beloved husband, Prince Phillip, in April 2021.

“When Linda and I spoke with Her Majesty following the death of Prince Philip, she first inquired about the welfare of Australians, particularly Western Australians affected by a tropical cyclone,” he said. declared.

“She was mourning the death of her husband of 73 years, but her first question was how were Australians in need.

“His care and compassion was sincere.”

On April 11, 2021, Tropical Cyclone Seroja hit the coast of Western Australia leaving 20,000 homes without power and damaging homes in Kalbarri and Geraldton.

Another call, the last Mr Hurley would have with the Queen, demonstrated his warmth.

Mr Hurley's wife, Linda Hurley, Anthony Albanese and the Prime Minister's partner, Jodie Haydon, will accompany him to attend the funeral, which is due to take place 10 days after his death.

Mr Hurley’s wife, Linda Hurley, Anthony Albanese and the Prime Minister’s partner, Jodie Haydon, will accompany him to attend the funeral, which is due to take place 10 days after his death.

“I will always treasure… my last call with Her Majesty,” Mr Hurley said.

It happened just before he presented the four Australians of the Year for 2022, in January.

“She was warm, funny and sincere in her interest in their work and our country,” Mr Hurley said.

On top of all this, the Queen has also understood and accepted that Australians want to ‘control our destiny’ as a nation, the Governor-General added.

Mr Hurley said his respect, selfless service, devotion to duty and compassion for others are values ​​that remain relevant to all Australians.

“They are as relevant today as they were 70 years ago. They will be as relevant in 70 years as they are today,” he said.

“It’s his legacy and it’s his lasting gift to all of us.”

Mr Hurley’s wife, Linda Hurley, Anthony Albanese and the Prime Minister’s partner, Jodie Haydon, will accompany him to attend the funeral, which is due to take place 10 days after his death.

The Queen and Prince Philip are seen in Brisbane during a trip to Australia in 2011

The Queen and Prince Philip are seen in Brisbane during a trip to Australia in 2011