Justin Trudeau surprises kids from Ottawa hospital with special screening of ‘Star Wars’

By: Meaghan Wray

A group of kids from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) received an out-of-this-world surprise on Tuesday (Dec. 12) when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau treated them to a screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi ahead of its Dec 15 release.

Eleven patients joined the PM and two of his children – Xavier and Ella-Grace – for a intergalactic day out at a nearby theatre. What did the diehard Star Wars fan think of the latest instalment in the franchise? “Outstanding,” he wrote on Instagram.

This isn’t the first time that Justin has combined his love for kids and Star Wars. Back in 2015, the 45-year-old traded in his politics for a lightsabre to join patients at a private screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens . Renting out an entire theatre, he and his young friends took a trip to “a galaxy far, far away.” One boy was so excited to meet him, the Toronto Star reported, that it was almost better than the movie, “It was amazing. I never thought I could meet him,” the 12-year-old exclaimed.

But Justin isn’t the only famous face who is Star Wars-obsessed – even the royals are huge fans of the late ‘70s born classic! Princes Harry and William dusted off their tuxedos for a dapper appearance at the film’s premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday (Dec. 12). The royal duo walked the red carpet and mingled with cast members like Daisy Ridley (who plays Rey), John Boyega (Finn) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker). And, of course, what’s a Star Wars red carpet without a royal rendezvous with BB-8?

Tonight, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attended the European premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Royal Albert Hall. The premiere was hosted in aid of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Foundation invited more than 400 young people, military veterans and volunteers who have taken part in its programmes to join Their Royal Highnesses at the premiere.Guests include representatives from Coach Core, Full Effect, and military programmes such as the Endeavour Fund.The premiere was an opportunity to recognise and celebrate people who have worked hard to change their lives and the lives of others. On behalf of The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, The Royal Foundation also invited some of the families who were affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, alongside representatives of the local fire services and the charities and organisations who are now helping them recover and try to rebuild their lives.

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