Prime Minister Trudeau delivers remarks in London, United Kingdom
Good afternoon, everyone.
It’s good to be in London for this important historic occasion filled with reflections and solemnity but also remarkable moments of unity and even a sort of joy.
It is great to be here with a group of extraordinary Canadians. The delegation is composed of past prime ministers, former governors general, artists, military, people who’ve served their country in extraordinary ways and represent all of Canada as we gather.
Yesterday, I was there to meet with His Majesty King Charles III for a first audience to talk about the issuing facing Canadians and to talk about the work we need to do in the coming years to properly reflect the service of her Majesty the Queen.
I also attended the lying-in-state at Westminster Hall which was an extraordinary moment to see and pay respects to Her late Majesty but also to watch the crowds of Londoners and people from all across the U.K. and around the world gathered to pay their final respects and express their deep gratitude towards someone who has served this country and this world extraordinarily.
Tomorrow I will be attending the funeral and the committal service at Windsor Castle; an opportunity to gather with leaders from around the world to note the remarkable service of Queen Elizabeth the II, but as always, to talk about the values that guided her and us all as we move forward into the future.
This is a time when Canadians are obviously reflecting on the past but also thinking about the future, the challenges we are facing in the world, and this solidarity and strength and compassion that always characterized Her Majesty the Queen should inspire us all to be our best in service to our fellow citizens.