Trudeau Seen Belting Out 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Before Queen's Funeral–Video

Video footage shared on social media showing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau performing a rendition of Queen's classic Bohemian Rhapsody while visiting London is authentic, a spokesperson for the prime minister's office said.

Trudeau, 50, is currently in the U.K., where he was among the 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, it appeared that Trudeau also took some time out to let his proverbial hair down with the delegation that had joined him from Canada.

Justin Trudeau appears to sing "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pictured left at Rideau Hall September 10, 2022, in Ottawa, Canada. He is pictured inset with his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau at the funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022. Footage has emerged showing the politician singing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" ahead of the Queen Elizabeth II's funeral. DAVE CHAN/AFP via Getty Images;/PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

One day before the ceremony, video footage was posted on TikTok and Twitter, showing the Liberal leader belting out the enduring 1975 hit as he stood beside a piano.

"I actually love a good piano bar. Haven't gone to one since before COVID, this reminds me I should check one out near me," wrote Toronto Sun political columnist Brian Lilley on Twitter. "PM at the Savoy in London last night singing a little Queen....for the Queen..."

The clip elicited a strong reaction online, where a number of the prime minister's detractors branded him a disgrace, while his supporters countered that it showed a human side to Trudeau.

Canada-based journalist Keean Bexte, who criticized Trudeau for the singing video, posted the video on his account, saying the video was taken at a different London location.

"This is the Corinthia Hotel lobby," Bexta tweeted. "I was there yesterday and ran into Trudeau's Governor General. [...] This is where the Canadian delegation is staying. It isn't a deep fake, but rather one of the most embarrassing Trudeau moments to date."

Wearing a T-shirt, Trudeau was shown in the clip singing the lyrics to the song with passion, as 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 at Corinthia London, with social media users tagging them in photos taken over the weekend.

Trudeau has traveled to the U.K. with a delegation that includes 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 Cross of Valour recipient Leslie Palmer were among the four Canadians who participated in a procession of recipients of national honors.

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Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Trudeau sign a book of condolence at Lancaster House following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, on September 17, 2022, in London. Video footage of Trudeau singing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" has gone viral online. David Parry/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Each member of the party was included in Canada's delegation in recognition of artistic skill, heroic acts, and athletic achievements.

In an interview with Canada's The Globe and Mail, which was published on Sunday, Charles revealed that on Saturday evening, he sat at a piano in the lobby of their hotel and entertained the delegation and other guests.

He said that the upbeat moment, which he confirmed included Trudeau, reminded him of Caribbean funerals, where mourning is often blended with celebrating the life of the person who has passed away.

"Everyone sang with me for two hours," Charles told the publication. "That was the feeling, that was a lot of fun."

A spokesperson for Trudeau confirmed the authenticity of the video to Newsweek, adding that the prime minister had joined the sing-along as Charles entertained guests.

"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," the representative told Newsweek. "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.

"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."

Newsweek has reached out to representatives of The Savoy London and Corinthia London for comment.

Following the September 8 death of the Queen, 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 leaders who met with King Charles III and signed a book of condolence at London's Lancaster House.