Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked Canada’s 150th birthday with the Queen of England on Wednesday by giving her the Canadian flag that flew on the Peace Tower on Canada Day.
Trudeau met with Queen Elizabeth II for a non-public audience at the Palace of
Holyroodhouse on a daylong stop in Edinburgh , her official Scottish residence, where he presented her with the Maple Leaf raised last weekend.
“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 world affairs and goings on in Canada,” Trudeau said in a very brief statement following the meeting.
The meeting was organized to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial since the Queen, 91, is no longer able to travel as far as
Canada; Prince Charles and the duchess of Cornwall had attended Canada Day events in her place.
Trudeau’s conversation with the Queen began with a talk regarding the actual fact the prime minister had received an honorary
doctorate from the University of Edinburgh earlier in the day.
The Queen said his getting the degree was “lovely.” They continued with their discussion.
Meanwhile, Trudeau was inside the palace while a small number of protesters approached the gates holding placards calling for
an end to the “tar sands” and to grant indigenous rights.
Queen Elizabeth and Prime minister Justin Trudeau.