Here's What Canada's Justin Trudeau Said That Made The Queen Laugh

The internet loved this meeting.

Before attending the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, later this week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped in Scotland on Wednesday to accept an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh University and have a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II at her official Scottish residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

According to the Huffington Post, the 91-year-old Queen was unable to travel as far as Canada to mark the country's recent 150th anniversary, so Trudeau brought a little bit of the celebration to her by gifting her with the flag that flew on Peace Tower for Canada Day last weekend.


According to Trudeau's office, the meeting with the Queen was meant to honor "her importance to Canada's history and to thank her for her continued dedication to Canada."

In a brief video of the meeting shared on Twitter, Trudeau can be seen making the Queen laugh with a self-deprecating joke about his recently acquired honorary degree. The Independent reports that he told her, "I've been offered an honorary degree at the University of Edinburgh. It probably dismays a number of my former professors to see a doctor now — even an honorary [one]."

As tends to happen when Justin Trudeau does just about anything, the internet had plenty to say about this latest meeting, from suggestions that he gift the Queen with socks, to jokes about Trudeau's penchant for jogging (which he did earlier in the week with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar), to just general love.

This wasn't Trudeau's first meeting with Queen Elizabeth; they met at Buckingham Palace in 2015, shortly after his election as prime minister.

"It was as it often is, as it always is, a warm and engaged conversation in which she displayed knowledge and interest in a wide range of global affairs and goings on in Canada," Trudeau said in a statement after the more recent meeting.

In his speech to the University of Edinburgh, Trudeau noted that 15 percent of Canadians have Scottish roots, telling the graduates, per The Independent, "From the people of Canada to the people of Scotland, thank you for being a strong partner to us in this new global era of so many challenges."

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