Justin Trudeau meets the Queen at Buckingham Palace

Three weeks after he was sworn in as prime minister, Justin Trudeau enjoyed his first audience with the Queen on Wednesday (Nov. 25). Dressed in a pale-pink dress and jewelled brooch, the 89-year-old monarch welcomed the 23rd Canadian prime minister, the 12th under her reign, to join her for a friendly chat in her private apartment. “Very nice to see you again … in rather different circumstances,” said Her Majesty, referencing the previous meeting she had with Justin when he was just a young boy. “I will say you were much taller than me the last time we met,” replied the father of three.


The Queen enjoyed a friendly chat with Justin Trudeau in her private apartment.

The Queen knew Justin’s father, Pierre Trudeau, who frequently visited the monarch during his term as head of the Canadian government. Prior to the meeting, Justin reminisced about his history with Queen Elizabeth to reporters, saying, "She was always lovely and gracious. They were nice moments because I knew how much my dad liked her. You could tell my father was really proud to be introducing his son to the Queen.” Now, decades after he had his first royal encounter, two of his own children, Ella-Grace and Hadrien, were treated to the same thrilling experience of meeting real-life royalty.

The Trudeau family were greeted by the Queen's equerry Wing Cmdr. Sam Fletcher at Buckingham Palace. Photo: © Adrian Wyld/CP

Sophie Grégoire, who looked stunning in a wrap coat by Canadian designer Sentaler and Gianvito Rossi shoes, joined her husband for the historic occasion. Following his meeting at Buckingham Palace, Justin headed over to speak at the Canadian High Commission before sitting down with Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street.

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