Justin Trudeau arrived in London today and was received at Buckingham Palace by the Queen, who granted him his first official audience as Prime Minister. Wearing a powder pink dress, pearls and carrying a handbag in her own home, the Queen received Trudeau with a bright-eyed smile and a gloved handshake in front of the assembled media. The two engaged in a bit of small talk before retiring to one of the palace’s many royal reception rooms for a private conversation. “I will say, you were much taller than me the last time we met,” Trudeau joked, referring to the occasion he met the monarch during his father’s time in office.
“Well, this is extraordinary to think of, isn’t it,” the Queen answered with a laugh—though it’s hard to imagine Her Majesty of all people would be surprised by the notion of dynastic rule. The two seemed to thoroughly enjoy each other’s company and emerged from the audience 30 minutes later all smiles. The Prime Minister was then whisked with his entourage to nearby Canada House in Trafalgar Square, where Canadian High Commissioner Gordon Campbell hosted a reception in his honour.
Posted by Stan McCormack. 2015 11 25.