Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Queen Elizabeth Grants Audience to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Queen Elizabeth Grants Audience to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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Justin Trudeau to meet the Queen

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OTTAWA - Thirty-eight years after his father caused an international sensation with a pirouette behind an oblivious Queen, Justin Trudeau is going to meet the monarch.

The prime minister says he's looking forward to meeting and speaking with the Queen on his way to Malta near the end of the month.

Trudeau will visit her before attending the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Valetta Nov. 27-29 and later the United Nations climate change conference in Paris.

Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, known for his flamboyance, was caught on camera doing a pirouette behind the Queen in May 1977 as they took part in a G7 summit in London, England.

Years after what many thought was a spontaneous event, one of Pierre Trudeau's aides revealed that the gesture was planned and even rehearsed as a show of disdain for a palace protocol that separated heads of government from heads of state. …

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