Video footage shared on social media shows Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau performing a rendition of the Queen classic Bohemian Rhapsody A visit to London is authentic, said a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office.
Trudeau, 50, is currently in the UK where he was among world leaders – including President Joe Biden – who attended the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on Monday.
According to social media posts, Trudeau also appeared to have taken some time off to literally have fun with the delegation that had joined him from Canada.
A day before the ceremony, video footage was posted to TikTok and Twitter showing the Liberal leader belting out the enduring 1975 hit while standing next to a piano.
“Actually, I love a good piano bar. I haven’t gone to one since before COVID, this reminds me to check out one near me.” wrote toronto sun political columnist Brian Lilley on Twitter. “PM at the Savoy in London last night sings a little queen… for the queen…”
The clip sparked a backlash online, with some of the Prime Minister’s critics branding it a disgrace, while his supporters countered that it showed a human side of Trudeau.
Canada-based journalist Keean Bexte, who criticized Trudeau for the singing video, posted the video to his account and said the video was recorded elsewhere in London.
“This is the lobby of the Corinthia Hotel,” Bexta tweeted. “I was there yesterday and met the Governor General of Trudeau. […] This is where the Canadian delegation is staying. It’s not a deep fake, it’s one of the most embarrassing Trudeau moments to date.”
Wearing a T-shirt, Trudeau was shown in the clip singing the song’s lyrics with passion while Canadian musician Gregory Charles, an officer of the Order of Canada, played the piano and sang along.
The Prime Minister and his delegation appear to have spent much of their trip in Corinthia London, with social media users tagging them in photos taken over the weekend.
Trudeau traveled to Britain with a delegation Grey’s anatomy Star Sandra Oh, Governor General Mary Simon and 16 others.
During the Queen’s funeral service, Oh, Charles, Olympian Mark Tewksbury and Leslie Palmer, who received the Cross of Valor, were among four Canadians who took part in a procession of recipients of national honors.
Each member of the party was included in the Canadian delegation in recognition of artistic ability, heroic deeds, and athletic achievement.
In an interview with Canada’s The Globe and the Mailreleased on Sunday, Charles revealed that he sat at a piano in the lobby of their hotel on Saturday night, entertaining the delegation and other guests.
He said the optimistic moment, which he confirmed Trudeau was locked in, reminded him of Caribbean funerals, where grief is often mixed with celebration of the life of the deceased.
“Everyone sang with me for two hours,” Charles told the publication. “That was the feeling, it was a lot of fun.”
A spokesman for Trudeau confirmed the authenticity of the video news weekadding that the Prime Minister had joined in the sing-alongs as Charles entertained the guests.
“After dinner on Saturday, the Prime Minister attended a small gathering with members of the Canadian delegation who have come together to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s life and service,” the representative said news week. “Gregory Charles, a renowned Quebec musician and recipient of the Order of Canada, was playing the piano in the hotel lobby, which led to some members of the delegation, including the Prime Minister, arriving.
“Over the last 10 days, the Prime Minister has attended various activities to pay his respects to the Queen and today the entire delegation is attending the State Funeral.”
news week has reached out to representatives from The Savoy London and Corinthia London for comment.
Following the Queen’s death on September 8, Trudeau said in a statement, “Canadians will always remember and cherish Her Majesty’s wisdom, compassion and warmth.”
On Saturday, the Prime Minister was one of the world’s leaders to meet King Charles III and sign a book of condolence at London’s Lancaster House.
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