Canada's PM caught in awkward singing moment before Queen's funeral

·News Reporter
·3-min read

He was in London to pay tribute to the Queen, but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit is being remembered for an impromptu singing performance in the lead-up to the funeral.

Mr Trudeau copped a barrage of backlash after he was caught belting out Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody during a night out in London just two days before the Monarch’s funeral.

Video footage of the rendition of the British rock band’s biggest hit has gone viral with outraged online users criticising Mr Trudeau, calling his actions “shameful.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has received backlash for singing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody ahead of the Queen's funeral. Source: Twitter
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has copped backlash for singing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody ahead of the Queen's funeral. Source: Twitter

“How undignified,” one person wrote on Twitter. “He’s there for a state funeral not [to] suck up the limelight.”

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” another cried.

“Just when I thought he couldn’t embarrass us any worse than he already has,” someone else said.

“Trudeau is celebrating his accession as Queen of Canada by drunkenly singing for an audience at the funeral of his predecessor. Classy,” remarked British journalist Keean Bexte.

An untimely singalong

In the singalong, Mr Trudeau, a former drama teacher, can be seen standing over a piano as he chimes in with the lyrics “easy come, easy go, little high, little low, anyway the wind blows doesn’t really matter to me.”

On the keys is Quebec musician Gregory Charles who was part of the Canadian delegation to the UK for the Queen’s funeral.

The clip from inside London’s luxurious Corinthia Hotel was recorded on Saturday night during the UK and Commonwealth’s official period of mourning.

The Prime Minister’s office has since released a statement confirming that after dinner Mr Trudeau “joined a small gathering with members of the Canadian delegation who have come together to pay tribute to the life and service of her Majesty.”

“Gregory Charles, a renowned musician from Quebec and Order of Canada recipient, played piano in the hotel lobby which resulted in some members of the delegation including the Prime Minister joining,” a spokesperson told Global News.

They added that over the past 10 days “the Prime Minister has taken part in various activities to pay his respects for the Queen".

Mr Trudeau was also involved in an awkward handshake mishap with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Queen’s funeral on Monday.

Footage shows the pair standing outside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle ahead of the Committal Service before Mr Trudeau moves forward to shake Ms Ardern’s hand.

Instead of returning his gesture, the New Zealand leader turns to greet another guest.

However, their relationship appears to continue to be strong with the Canadian Prime Minister offering Ms Ardern a lift to New York on his plane for the United Nations General Assembly.

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