Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reflected on the Queen’s sense of humor as he talked about a relationship with her that began when she was just a child.
Mr. Trudeau, whose father was also a Canadian Prime Minister, said he was “extraordinarily lucky to have known Her Majesty all his life”.
“The first time I met her was in 1977, when I was just a kid,” he told lawmakers during a special session of the Canadian House of Commons.
“When I met her as Prime Minister nearly four decades later, in 2015, I joked that the last time we met she was taller than me – she responded with a joke about making her feel old.
“His sense of humor was one of his many great qualities and one of the many reasons why he was one of my favorite people in the world.”
Trudeau said that for most Canadians she was “the only sovereign most of us have ever known” and “her sudden absence touched us all palpably and deeply.”
The queen “embraced her role” as monarch of Canada and felt at home in the country, especially enjoying being able to speak her flawless French, Trudeau said.
“Her conversations with me were always honest, we talked about everything, she gave her best advice on a range of issues, she was always curious, engaged and caring,” she said.
Canadians “feel they have lost a family member who grew up with us.”
The Canadian Prime Minister said: “The Queen had a deep appreciation for our culture.
“In 1964, she said she was happy to know that there was a place in our Commonwealth where she was expected to speak officially in French.
“It is a language that he loved very much and that he spoke flawlessly”.
Mr. Trudeau said that King Charles would carry on his mother’s legacy.
The then Prince of Wales visited Canada in May, where he faced demands for a royal apology for the “assimilation and genocide” of indigenous Canadian residential schoolchildren.
The prince did not make an admission on behalf of the monarch, but instead “recognized” the nation’s dark past, First Nations leaders said after meeting with the future king.
“Our new king, King Charles III, demonstrated his commitment to the widest breath in history with his most recent tour which included a focus on the generational work needed to achieve reconciliation and combat climate change,” said Trudeau. to Canadian parliamentarians.
The Canadian prime minister also provided details on the delegation leading to the state funeral.
He will be accompanied by his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and the delegation will also include Governor General Mary Simon and former Prime Ministers and Governors General.
Members of the Order of Canada will also participate, including actress Sandra Oh, swimmer Mark Tewksbury and musician Gregory Charles.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and representatives of the Canadian Armed Forces regiments will join uniformed personnel from other Commonwealth countries for service on September 19.