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

Sandra Oh was among the sea of ​​mourners on Monday who filled Westminster Abbey for The funeral of Queen Elizabeth IIwhich left some viewers puzzled and surprised.

A brief excerpt from the widely-streamed online funeral show show the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Killing Eve’ actor walking slowly down one of the abbey’s aisles to the sound of somber organ music as part of the procession. Like other mourners, she was dressed in black and wore a feathered fascinator.,

“Why is Sandra Oh at the Queen’s funeral? a Twitter user asked, post a version of the videowhich garnered over 60,000 likes.

Oh had been named in June to the Order of Canada, which is one of the highest civilian honors bestowed by the Canadian government.

The Order of Canada was created by Queen Elizabeth II in 1967 to recognize individuals for their contributions to Canadian society and has since been awarded to a wide range of personalities, including politicians, scientists, authors, artists and activists. Other entertainment personalities who received the honor include actor Mike Myers, “Saturday Night Live” executive producer Lorne Michaels and comedic actor Leslie Nielsen.

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

“Proud to represent (Canada flag emoji) with my fellow Order of Canada and Valor recipients…at the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey today,” wrote Oh in an Instagram postsharing a photo of her posing with the delegation, a selfie along the Thames and a screenshot of the widely circulated clip of the procession.

Fans of the BBC America show”Kill Eve‘, in which Oh starred and executive produced, remarked online that her attendance at the funeral was linked to Oh’s titular character, Eve Polastri, an agent for Britain’s MI5 intelligence agency.

Oh made history with her lead actress win at the 2018 Golden Globes for her role in “Killing Eve.” The Korean-Canadian actor became the second woman of Asian descent to land a leading role on television – the first was Yoko Shimada for ‘Shogun’ in 1980 – and the first Asian actor to win two Golden Globes.

Oh previously won a Golden Globe as a supporting actress for her performance as Cristina Yang in “Grey’s Anatomy.” Both roles also earned him a dozen Emmy nominations.

Oh will narrate the upcoming PBS documentary series”Stand Up Against Asian Hatred: One Day in Marchwhich explores violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as well as the activism that arose in the wake of the 2021 Atlanta spa shooting.