Incl VATExcl VAT

Queen meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in first in-person engagement since catching COVID

The Queen has held her first in-person engagement since catching COVID, meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The monarch held an audience with Mr Trudeau at Windsor Castle today, as he is in the UK for talks on the war in Ukraine with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte.

The Queen, who usually takes a neutral stand on political matters, greeted Mr Trudeau in front of a vase of blue and yellow flowers and also wore a blue patterned dress, in what appeared to be a subtle message of support for Ukraine.

Ukraine ‘retakes town’ in sign of diffculty for Russia – the latest Ukraine war updates here

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

The Queen greets Mr Trudeau

Blue and yellow are the colours of Ukraine’s national flag.

The Queen, 95, tested positive for coronavirus on 20 February, just days after Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall both contracted the virus.

The monarch, who is also Queen of Canada, was pictured standing and smiling warmly at Mr Trudeau as he held her right hand in both of his.

Mr Trudeau was also seen laughing as the Queen gestured towards herself during the meeting.

He later said she was as insightful as ever, adding that she was very interested in what was going on with Russia.

He said: “I can tell you in my conversation with her this morning she was as insightful and perspicacious as ever, very interested in what’s going on.”

The Queen has a strong bond with Canada as the Commonwealth nation has been her most frequent overseas destination.

Queen Elizabeth II appears on a screen via videolink from Windsor Castle, where she is in residence, during a virtual audience to receive the High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago, Vishnu Dhanpaul, at Buckingham Palace, London.
Image:
The Queen had carried out engagements via video link while recovering from coronavirus

She has visited more than 20 times, including a trip as a princess, but she called time on her official overseas visits seven years ago.

Mr Trudeau met the Queen several times as a young child in the 1970s as his father, Pierre Trudeau, was one of Canada’s longest-serving prime ministers.

Understood to be triple vaccinated, the Queen is thought to have experienced mild cold-like symptoms.

Shortly before, Prince Charles also tested positive for COVID for a second time, and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, was diagnosed with the virus.

Sky’s royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills said at the time that “a number of cases have been diagnosed within the Windsor Castle team”.

Last Tuesday, Charles said his mother was “a lot better now”, and she was pictured holding her first virtual audiences since her diagnosis.

Analysis by Rhiannon Mills, royal correspondent

It’s the first time we’ve seen the Queen up and about and meeting someone in person since we found out back on 20 February that she’d got COVID.

After a collective sense of worry developed about the 95-year-old’s health, they are pictures of reassurance.

Her Majesty was pictured looking chatty and standing up to meet the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The pair have met on several occasions before and holding her hand with both of his, Mr Trudeau couldn’t seem more delighted that she’d made the time.

As prime minister of one of her Commonwealth realms, the palace would naturally endeavour to organise a meeting with the Queen during his flying visit.

But even with Commonwealth partners, a meeting with her majesty is always diplomatically helpful, reinforcing a message of common bonds and friendship between the UK and other countries ahead of any other diplomatic discussions to come.

Talking about their meeting Mr Trudeau later confirmed that he’d used his time with the Queen to “talk about the situations we are facing, and draw on her long experience from having seen so much over these past decades”.

Not entirely surprising when you look closely at the photographs and see that even in the room where they met there was a reminder of the horrors happening in Ukraine.

A bunch of yellow and blue flowers was a subtle display of solidarity, unspoken but still clear for us all to see.

The Prince of Wales accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, addresses members of the council, guests and family members of the late Sir David Amess, in the council chamber at the Civic Centre in Southend-on-Sea, as he formally present a 'Letters Patent' on behalf of the Queen and makes a short speech to mark the conferral of City status on Southend-on-Sea. Picture date: Tuesday March 1, 2022.
Image:
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla also had COVID, but they have now recovered and carried out engagements since

The Queen has two high-profile events coming up this month, the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on 14 March and the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service, also at the abbey, on 29 March.

She recently spent more than three months resting on doctors’ orders.

Last autumn she pulled out of attending the Cop26 climate change summit, the Festival of Remembrance and then the Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph service due to a sprained back.

She also missed the Church of England’s General Synod.

The Queen now regularly uses a walking stick and has been pictured looking more frail recently.

She remarked during a Windsor Castle audience last month: “Well, as you can see, I can’t move.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

 
 
 

We use cookies to improve your experience on our website. By browsing this website, you agree to our use of cookies.