Justin Trudeau Sings "Bohemian Rhapsody" in Hotel Lobby Ahead of (Other) Queen's Funeral

No escape from reality

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Sep 19, 2022

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is, notably, a former drama teacher. Currently leading a Canadian delegation for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral in the UK, Trudeau decided to do a little late-night tribute to the late British sovereign in the lobby of his hotel by singing another Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Band name aside, dedicating a song titled after the lifestyle of a starving artist to the UK's longest-reigning monarch is definitely a choice — but alas, it's one Trudeau made. A 14-second video clip that began circulating on Twitter yesterday (September 18) sees the prime minister sporting a T-shirt and belting out the part of the song about being easy come, easy go; little high, little low; etc. Anyway, nothing really matters.

Storied Quebec musician Gregory Charles provided Trudeau's accompaniment on the grand piano in the hotel's lobby, and apparently was the one who inspired the jam session. He joins the PM in representing our nation at the funeral proceedings along with actor Sandra Oh, who was recently appointed to the Order of Canada

A spokesperson told CityNews that Trudeau "joined a small gathering with members of the Canadian delegation, who have come together to pay tribute to the life and service" of Queen Elizabeth II. "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," the statement added.

Needless to say, the video has drawn mixed reactions. Some are offended and others are embarrassed, while others yet are just plain confused. Still, others are clamouring for more footage, eager to hear Trudeau sing about being a poor boy from a poor family.

Watch the clip below.

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