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The Hon Julie Bishop and Tayla Green-Aldridge touch down in London to attend the Coronation

''I can't believe I'm really looking at Big Ben.''
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The Hon Julie Bishop and Prince’s Trust Australia ‘Get Into Maritime’ graduate Tayla Green-Aldridge had a great day in London preparing for the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla and drinking in the heady atmosphere of a city preparing to mark a moment in history.

“I can’t believe I’m really looking at Big Ben,” 18-year-old Tayla told The Weekly.

The proud Wiradjuri and Yuin woman was awe-struck when she was invited to attend the coronation with Julie Bishop who is the Chair of Prince’s Trust Australia, a charity founded by the King.

The Hon Julie Bishop conducting interviews with media in the lead up to the Coronation.

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Tayla is just one of the thousands of Australian young people who have been helped by Prince’s Trust Australia to prepare for the rapidly changing world of work. She completed a ground-breaking course that offers training for First Nations Australians in maritime skills and hopes to get a job on Sydney’s ferries.

For Tayla, standing beside the grand old River Thames is just one of a whole catalogue of firsts. It’s her first time in the UK, her first travelling on a plane and her first opportunity to hang out with members of the royal family and more than 100 heads of state, including Australia’s Prime Minister the Hon Anthony Albanese and our Governor-General, His Excellency General the Hon David Hurley.

The Hon Julie Bishop and Prince’s Trust Australia graduate Tayla-Green Aldridge taking in the sights.

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So, it’s hardly surprising she was buzzing with excitement as Australian media clamoured to talk her and Julie yesterday in Lambeth with Britain’s iconic Houses of Parliament just across the river behind them.

Later today Tayla will be frocked up with Julie beside her taking her seat in Westminster Abbey, the home for British coronations since 1066 and a real “pinch me” for both Aussies that they will never forget.

“Being inside the Abbey with people from all around the world makes me feel so special. I really like the training with Prince’s Trust, and look where I’ve ended up,” says Tayla with a huge smile.

Read more about the work of Prince’s Trust Australia at princes-trust.org.au

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