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First father, now son: Trudeau in London to meet with the Queen

The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Nov 25th, 2015

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has touched down in London to begin a six-day European visit that will wind up in Paris at the UN climate conference.

Trudeau, making his second whirlwind tour on the international summit circuit in as many weeks, is on his way to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday morning for an audience with Queen Elizabeth.

Trudeau will then deliver a speech at Canada House in Trafalgar Square, followed by a sit-down with Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street where it’s expected climate change, anti-terrorism measures and the Canada-European Union free trade agreement will be on the agenda.

Trudeau has a bit of history with the Queen, having met the now 89-year-old monarch as a young child in the 1970s when his father Pierre Trudeau was Canada’s prime minister.

He’s travelling with his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau and their own youngsters, Ella-Grace and Hadrien, are along for the trip.

Trudeau will leave the United Kingdom on Thursday for Valetta, Malta, where the 54-country Commonwealth grouping is holding its biennial leaders summit.

Trudeau has said he’ll be working to encourage some of the Commonwealth members to step up their ambition on fighting climate change, while others in the Commonwealth are only too aware of the dangers from rising sea levels posed by global warming.

Malta’s prime minister will hold a special session on climate change Friday afternoon.

Trudeau and many of the other Commonwealth heads will then move on to France, where French President Francois Hollande has invited world leaders to open the 21st United Nations climate conference, or COP21, next Monday.

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