The Daily Telegraph

‘She was first to show respect to Aboriginal­s’

- By Henry Samuel

A TEARFUL Aboriginal elder has recalled that Elizabeth II treated indigenous leaders with dignity and respect “for the first time in our lives” when they met her at Buckingham Palace.

Patrick Lionel Djargun Dodson, an elder of the Yawuru people, met the late Queen in 1999 as Australia prepared to vote on whether to become a republic.

In the ABC documentar­y The Queen and Us, Mr Dodson said: “We got in there and we were totally disarmed. It’s a funny thing, to feel a bit emotional about it, because she was so welcoming. She thanked us for coming... I think for the first time in our lives, we were treated properly. She treated us as human beings.”

King Charles III was proclaimed Australia’s monarch on Sunday.

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