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Justin Trudeau has an audience with The Queen in Scotland

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, had a private audience with The Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister said that he had a “warm and engaged conversation” with the 91-year-old Monarch who is spending the week in Scotland with the Duke of Edinburgh.

As a gift, Mr Trudeau offered Her Majesty the Canadian flag which flew above the Peace Tower on July 1 – the 150th anniversary of Canada’s independence.

The 45-year-old said: “It was as it often is, as it always is, a warm and engaged conversation in which she displayed knowledge and interest on a wide range of global affairs and goings-on in Canada.

He added: “It’s always a pleasure to meet with her.”

This is only the second time the Prime Minister has met Her Majesty The Queen during his premiership. They previously met at Buckingham Palace just after he and his Liberal Party won the Canadian elections in 2015.

Aside from their meeting once he became Prime Minster, Justin Trudeau met The Queen in the 1970s as a child when his father, Pierre Trudeau was the Prime Minster of Canada.

Before traveling to The Queen’s official residence in Scotland, Mr Trudeau was awarded an honourary degree at the University of Edinburgh.

The Canadian PM joked with The Queen: “I’ve been offered an honorary degree at the University of Edinburgh, which probably dismays a number of my former professors to see me as a doctor now, even honorary.”

Mr Trudeau visited Scotland ahead of the G20 Summit to be held in Germany. The Paris climate change agreement, open markets, improved trade agreements and Brexit are issues which are expected to dominate the bi-lateral meetings.

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