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Queen’s funeral: Australian Victoria Cross medal recipients Ben Roberts-Smith and Keith Payne meet


A picture of controversial war hero Ben Roberts-Smith catching up with fellow Aussie Victoria Cross recipient Keith Payne has gone viral on social media.

Each recipient of the award – Australia’s highest honour – were specially invited guests to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday.

But none of them – most notably including Mr Roberts-Smith – were invited on Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s private jet, which whisked Governor General David Hurley and nine ‘everyday Australians’ to the UK.

Mr Roberts-Smith, the country’s most decorated soldier, is currently at the centre of a defamation trial over allegations levelled by Nine newspapers of war crimes in Afghanistan. 

Instead the towering two-metre tall former SAS corporal turned businessman flew in on a commercial flight – and went straight for a drink with Mr Payne, a Vietnam veteran from Queensland.

A snap of the moment the pair enjoyed a laugh and a glass of red wine in London was posted online and was…



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