The Daily Telegraph

‘Disrespect­ful’ Trudeau sang Queen hit in hotel before funeral

- By Nick Allen in Washington

JUSTIN TRUDEAU sang Bohemian Rhapsody in a hotel lobby late on Saturday

night after arriving in London for the late Queen’s funeral. The Canadian prime minister, dressed in a mauve T-shirt, stood with his arms on a piano as he joined in the rendition of Queen’s anthem at the five-star Corinthia hotel.

Two people standing near the piano were drinking red wine as Mr Trudeau, 50, sang lyrics including “Easy come, easy go, little high, little low” and “Any way the wind blows”.

The piano was being played by Gregory Charles, a musician who was part of the Canadian delegation to the funeral.

A London bus could be seen outside a window behind Mr Trudeau and it appeared to be dark outside.

Film of the moment emerged on social media, where critics accused Mr Trudeau of being “disrespect­ful” and failing to show appropriat­e “decorum”. His office subsequent­ly released a statement defending his actions.

A spokesman for Mr Trudeau said: “After dinner on Saturday, the prime minister 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.”

The spokesman added: “Over the past 10 days, the prime minister has taken part in various activities to pay his respects for the Queen, and today, the entire delegation is taking part in the state funeral.”

Canada’s delegation to the funeral included Mr Trudeau, Mr Charles, and 16 other people, among them Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury and Sandra Oh, the actress.

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