Looking back on Pierre Trudeau's meetings with the Queen

On Wednesday (Nov. 25), Justin Trudeau will have his first audience with the Queen since being sworn in as prime minister on Nov. 4. The father of three will pay a short visit to Buckingham Palace before carrying out a host of other engagements around London. Both dignitaries will then travel to Malta this weekend to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). When the get-together was first announced, Justin revealed his “absolute delight” over getting the chance to sit down with the monarch, adding, “I am honoured and very much look forward to spending this time in conservation with her.”

Justin Trudeau first met the Queen when she visited Canada during the late 1970s. Photo: © Getty Images

Justin’s visit comes more than three decades after his father, Pierre Trudeau, enjoyed regular visits with the Queen throughout his term as prime minister of Canada. On occasions when she visited Ottawa, a young Justin had the pleasure of meeting the monarch, making Wednesday’s audience a happy reunion for the duo. He recalled the memorable moments during an interview with the New York Times in 2013, saying, “There were lunch hours where I wouldn’t eat at school because we had to rush home to have lunch with the Queen. At the same time, it was instilled upon us that this was a privilege and a responsibility, and nothing made us better than anyone else—maybe randomly luckier.” And while the nature of their conversation will remain private, it’s expected that they will likely reminisce about the late former prime minister.

In anticipation of Justin’s historic meeting with the Queen, we look back at his father’s most poignant moments with the monarch.

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