We believed that, as frightening as the number of 2,000 guests at state funeral of the queen of England, we would have controlled who would enter the door of Westminster Abbey where this historic tribute took place. In the days prior to this Monday, the attendance of each of the world leaders and members of European royal houses who would occupy the main bench of the temple was confirmed. Among them, our kings, the current ones and the emeritus, who gave us the photo of the day. However, the smartest were able to verify that among the attendees there was a face almost as divinity as Letizia: actress Sandra Oh.
This Hollywood star whom we saw grow professionally on our channel hand in hand with her iconic Cristina Yang, protagonist (with Meredith’s permission) of the very long ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, was one of the attendees at such an imposing event.
We saw her parade down the central aisle a few minutes before the coffin with the body of Isabel II made silence in the temple. Also among the crowd, in one of the shots made by the BBC of the last goodbye to the monarch. Y Twitter quickly began to elucubrate.
It is true that we are used to running into very VIP people at weddings, coronations and other acts related to the British monarchy. However, this state funeral seemed to be reserved for world political power and family. What was Sandra Oh doing with them? Who invited her? In what capacity was she? She herself, aware of the stir that her presence has generated, has resolved our doubts.
Through an Instagram post in which he lets us see the inside story of his day among ‘royals’, the interpreter (who was born in Ottawa, Canada) was invited by the delegation of her countrywhich was chaired by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.
Let us remember that in June of this year was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, the country’s second-highest civilian honorby her “artistic career filled with memorable roles on stage, television and film in Canada and abroad”. A precious award that Elizabeth II created precisely with the aim of giving her place to compatriots “whose service shapes our society, whose innovations ignite our imagination and whose compassion unites our communities.”
In fact, she wasn’t the only Canadian celebrity at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. Next to her, wearing the same insignia that the actress wore on her chest, were Olympic swimming champion Mark Tewksbury and musician Gregory Charles.