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

Sandra Oh was among the mourners on Monday who filled Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, leaving some viewers confused and amazed.

short clip The funeral program’s widely circulated online broadcast showed the “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Killing Eve” actor slowly walking down one of the abbey aisles to sombre organ music as part of the procession. Like other mourners, she was dressed in black and wore a feathered sash.

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

Oh was appointed in June of the Order of Canada, which is among the highest civilian honors bestowed by the Canadian government.

The Order of Canada was created by Queen Elizabeth II in 1967 to honor people for their contributions to Canadian society and has since gone to a wide range of personalities, including politicians, scholars, authors, performers, and activists. Other entertainment figures to receive honors are actor Mike Myers, 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 members of the order, including Olympic gold medalist swimmer Mark Toxbury and theater artist Gregory Charles. Canada is a Commonwealth country within the British monarchy.

“Proud to represent the Canadian flag emoji with my fellow recipients of the Order of Canada and Courage… at Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral at Westminster Abbey today,” Oh wrote in an Instagram post, sharing a photo of her with the delegation, a selfie along the Thames and a snapshot From the widely circulated procession clip.

Fans of BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” which Oh starred in and executive produced, noted online that her presence at the funeral had something to do with Oh’s character, Eve Polastre, an MI5 operative.

Oh made history by winning the starring actress at the 2018 Golden Globes for her role in Killing Eve. The Korean-Canadian actress became the second Asian-born woman to win a leading television role – the first was Yoko Shimada for “Shogun” in 1980 – and the first Asian actress to win two Golden Globe Awards.

Oh previously won a Golden Globe as a Supporting Actress for her performance as Christina Yang in “Grey’s Anatomy”. Both roles also earned him dozens of Emmy Award nominations.

Oh will narrate the upcoming PBS documentary series “Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March,” which explores violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as well as the activism that arose in the wake of the Atlanta resort shooting in 2021.

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