The Daily Telegraph

Invited guests New Zealander who saved man from shark

- Nick Squires

A New Zealand woman who rescued a snorkeller from the jaws of a great white shark is among dozens of heroes and special guests from across the Commonweal­th invited to the funeral.

Jacinda Amey is one of 10 guests New Zealand has been allowed to invite, a privilege extended to all Commonweal­th nations. Other countries can bring only two guests on top of state dignitarie­s.

Ms Amey will be joined by Kiingi Tuheitia, a Maori king, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, the celebrated soprano, and entreprene­ur Jacqueline Gilbert.

New Zealand will also send Willie Apiata, a special forces soldier who won the Victoria Cross for his bravery under fire in Afghanista­n.

Among the special guests that Australia will send is Ben Roberts-smith, awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery during a battle in Afghanista­n in 2010 and Chris Waller, a trainer who looked after many of the late Queen’s horses.

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