Here’s why Sandra Oh attended Queen Elizaebeth II’s funeral

Sandra Oh was among the sea of ​​mourners who packed Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday, leaving some viewers confused and surprised.

A short clip The widespread online broadcast of the funeral show showed the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Killing Eve’ actor walking slowly down one of the abbey’s aisles as part of the procession to somber organ music. Like other mourners, she was dressed in black and wore a feathered fascinator.

“Why is Sandra Oh at the Queen’s funeral?” asked one Twitter user, Post a version of the videowhich received more than 60,000 likes.

Oh was awarded the Order of Canada in June, one of the Canadian government’s highest civilian honors.

Established by Queen Elizabeth II in 1967 to recognize people for their contributions to Canadian society, the Order of Canada has since gone to a wide range of figures, including politicians, scientists, authors, artists and activists. Other entertainment personalities honored include actor Mike Myers, Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels and comedian Leslie Nielsen.

Oh attended the funeral as part of the Canadian delegation, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Order members, including Olympic swimming gold medalist Mark Tewksbury and performing artist Gregory Charles. Canada is a Commonwealth country within the British monarchy.

“Proud to represent (Canada flag emoji) with my other Order of Canada & Valor recipients… at the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey today,” Oh wrote in an Instagram post, sharing Photo of her posing with the delegation, a selfie along the Thames and a screenshot of the widely shared parade clip.

Fans of the BBC America show Killing Eve, in which Oh starred and served as executive producer, commented online that her presence at the funeral had to do with Oh’s title character, Eve Polastri, an operative at Britain’s MI5 intelligence agency.

Oh made history by winning Lead Actress at the 2018 Golden Globes for her role in Killing Eve. The Canadian-Korean actress became only the second woman of Asian descent to win a leading role on television – the first being Yoko Shimada for “Shogun” in 1980 – and the first Asian actress to win two Golden Globes.

Oh previously won a supporting actress Golden Globe for her portrayal of Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. Both roles have also earned her a dozen Emmy Award nominations.

Oh will narrate the upcoming PBS documentary series, Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March, which examines the violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and activism that emerged in the wake of the Atlanta shootings of 2021. Here’s why Sandra Oh attended Queen Elizaebeth II’s funeral

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