Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is going to England for a taste of royal life on Nov. 25. Canada’s new leader will visit Buckingham Palace and meet Queen Elizabeth as part of an official trip to Europe.
While Justin has met the Queen several times throughout his life, including when his dad, Pierre, was prime minister, the father of three is “honoured” to have face-to-face time with Her Majesty for the first time since winning Canada’s federal election in October.
Interestingly, the meet-and-greet between the 43-year-old politician and the 89-year-old monarch will happen 38 years after Justin’s father famously pirouetted behind her at a G7 summit in London. After his tête-à-tête with Queen Elizabeth, Justin will attend a meeting of the Commonwealth heads in Malta (Nov. 27 to 29) before flying to Paris for a conference on climate change.
In a statement, Justin admitted to being very excited about the opportunity to meet the longest-reigning monarch in an official capacity.
“I am absolutely delighted that Her Majesty has graciously agreed to this meeting. As the Queen’s 12th Canadian prime minister, I am honoured and very much look forward to spending this time in conversation with her.… In her role as Queen of Canada, she has not only witnessed but also been an active participant in the evolution of our country over the past 63 years. Her Majesty will remain an integral part of our country’s progress and future.”
In her time as our monarch, Queen Elizabeth has met 11 Canadian prime ministers, with Justin set to become the 12th. Details of expected subject matter and timing for the meeting have not been released, although with Justin’s son Hadrien just six months younger than the Queen’s beloved great-grandchild, Prince George, they’re sure to swap adorable anecdotes.
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