Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard shares her memories of the Queen

Julia Gillard has fond memories of meeting Queen Elizabeth II in 2011.

On the day of the late King’s funeral, the former Australian Prime Minister told The Project that she understood the gravity of the visit.

“At the time we all knew it would be the last time she was in Australia,” said the 60-year-old politician.

Julia Gillard (pictured) fondly recalls meeting Queen Elizabeth II in 2011. On the day of the late King's funeral, the former Australian Prime Minister told The Project that she understood the gravity of the visit

Julia Gillard (pictured) fondly recalls meeting Queen Elizabeth II in 2011. On the day of the late King's funeral, the former Australian Prime Minister told The Project that she understood the gravity of the visit

Julia Gillard (pictured) fondly recalls meeting Queen Elizabeth II in 2011. On the day of the late King’s funeral, the former Australian Prime Minister told The Project that she understood the gravity of the visit

“I mean it was never said but of course it was assumed it would be her last visit. And it came because we were hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Perth.

“She took the opportunity to visit Australia very widely, acknowledging that this would be the last time she would say hello and goodbye to the people of Australia in person.”

Gillard continued, “I remember how well it was received. How big the crowd was. I remember her quiet diplomacy at and around the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting and I remember her sense of fun.

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“At the time we all knew it would be the last time she was in Australia,” said the 60-year-old politician. Pictured with the Queen during her visit to Australia in 2011

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“She took the opportunity to visit Australia very widely to acknowledge that this would be the last time she would say hello and goodbye to the people of Australia,” said the former Prime Minister

“We did things like a formal cocktail party in the Great Hall at Parliament House and when the toast came to the Queen I joked with her that she should take a sip of her champagne and she said very much, ‘Oh, no, You never drink if it’s a toast to yourself.”

“I say, ‘That’s a life lesson I didn’t know.’ I’ve happily slurped all of this down as people toast. She was a lot of fun.”

The Queen was the only reigning British monarch to ever visit Australia, starting in 1954 when she was just 27 years old.

Queen Elizabeth II made 16 trips to Australia from February 1954 to October 2011 when Australia's first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard gave her a reception at Parliament House in Canberra, which caused controversy during that visit when she refused to curtsey . Pictured at Fairbairn Air Force Base

Queen Elizabeth II made 16 trips to Australia from February 1954 to October 2011 when Australia's first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard gave her a reception at Parliament House in Canberra, which caused controversy during that visit when she refused to curtsey . Pictured at Fairbairn Air Force Base

Queen Elizabeth II made 16 trips to Australia from February 1954 to October 2011 when Australia’s first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard gave her a reception at Parliament House in Canberra, which caused controversy during that visit when she refused to curtsey . Pictured at Fairbairn Air Force Base

Queen Elizabeth II made 16 trips to Australia from February 1954 to October 2011.

On that latest tour, Australia’s first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard hosted a reception for her at Parliament House in Canberra and caused controversy when she refused to curtsy.

Gillard was one of six Prime Ministers born during the Queen’s reign, including fellow Labor Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

The Queen was the only reigning British monarch to ever visit Australia, making 16 trips beginning in 1954 (visit to Sydney pictured) when she was just 27 - during a reign that marked the birth of six Prime Ministers collapsed

The Queen was the only reigning British monarch to ever visit Australia, making 16 trips beginning in 1954 (visit to Sydney pictured) when she was just 27 - during a reign that marked the birth of six Prime Ministers collapsed

The Queen was the only reigning British monarch to ever visit Australia, making 16 trips beginning in 1954 (visit to Sydney pictured) when she was just 27 – during a reign that marked the birth of six Prime Ministers collapsed

The Queen’s reign spanned the tenure of 16 Australian Prime Ministers, beginning with Sir Robert Menzies – Australia’s longest-serving Prime Minister.

Her affection for the Australian people was cemented a year after her coronation when she entered Farm Cove in Sydney on 3 February 1954.

With her husband Prince Philip at her side, she spent two months touring all the capital cities except Darwin and 40 country villages while her son Prince Charles and daughter Princess Anne stayed in England.

Former Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke (left) received the Queen on May 1988, Australia's bicentenary, as she visited Australia's new Parliament building to open it. Hawke fought for a republic eleven years later

Former Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke (left) received the Queen in May 1988, Australia's Bicentenary, as she visited Australia's new Parliament building to inaugurate it. Hawke fought for a republic eleven years later

Former Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke (left) received the Queen on May 1988, Australia’s bicentenary, as she visited Australia’s new Parliament building to open it. Hawke fought for a republic eleven years later

An estimated 75 per cent of Australia’s population – 68 years ago there were just 8.8 million people – came to see them.

On Monday, the Queen passed Buckingham Palace for the last time, followed by her grieving family as her coffin was carried from Westminster Abbey and around London after her state funeral.

Her Majesty is buried in Windsor alongside her beloved husband Prince Philip and her parents.

On Monday, the Queen passed Buckingham Palace for the last time, followed by her grieving family as her coffin was carried from Westminster Abbey and around London after her state funeral

On Monday, the Queen passed Buckingham Palace for the last time, followed by her grieving family as her coffin was carried from Westminster Abbey and around London after her state funeral

On Monday, the Queen passed Buckingham Palace for the last time, followed by her grieving family as her coffin was carried from Westminster Abbey and around London after her state funeral

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