The Queen is known to have a great sense of humour, so it comes as no surprise that she didn't mind poking fun at herself during a banquet in Malta. The 89-year-old monarch thanked Justin Trudeau for making her "feel so old." The Queen and Prince Philip were attending a banquet at the end of their royal tour to the island.
The tour has been very special for Queen Elizabeth and her husband as they lived on the island from 1949 to 1951 when the Duke of Edinburgh was serving in the Royal Navy.
On Friday evening the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting banquet was held in her honour, with 43-year-old Justin giving the toast. The newly elected prime minister spoke about the Queen’s many visits to Canada during her long reign, joking that Her Majesty had "seen more of Canada than most Canadians." During his speech he also spoke about his father, Pierre Trudeau, and when he met the Queen at the signing of the Constitutional Act in Ottawa in 1982.
Much to the amusement of royal fans on Twitter, later on in the evening the British Monarchy handle uploaded a post about the incident, saying: "Thank you @JustinTrudeau for making me feel so old!" Quick to respond, the prime minister praised the Queen and said he was honoured to give the speech.
— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) November 27, 2015
On the contrary, you are forever young. I was honoured to toast your lifetime of service tonight. https://t.co/xcXGiSj6OT
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 27, 2015
Justin and the Queen became reacquainted earlier this week when the father of three enjoyed his first private audience at Buckingham Palace. The prime minster's wife, Sophie, and two of their children, Ella-Grace and Hadrien, joined the politician for the special occasion.
The visit to Malta has been a nostalgic visit for the longest-reigning British monarch. On Saturday she visited the spot where her father, King George VI, arrived in Malta in 1943 to present the country with the George’s cross. The award was to honour the citizens and their bravery during a Second World War siege by Italian and Nazi Germany forces. It’s the only time the cross has been awarded to a country and not an individual.