First Audience with Her Majesty The Queen


[Screen Description: Governor General Designate Mary Simon is sitting in a room at Rideau Hall. She is talking to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II via video call. The Governor General Designate is wearing a white blazer. The Queen is wearing a floral-patterned, green-and-purple shirt, and a silver maple leaf brooch.]

[The Queen:] It’s very nice to have a chance to talk.

[Ms. Simon:] Yes, Your Majesty, it’s wonderful to … to be able to speak to you today.

[The Queen:] So, you’re taking over a very important job.

[Ms. Simon:] Yes, I’m very privileged to be able to do this work over the next few years. I think it’s vitally important for our … for our country.

[The Queen:] Indeed, yes. Because your work… your own work has been … you’ve been very busy.

[Ms. Simon:] Yes, I’ve devoted a lot of my time to working on Arctic issues, because I am from the Arctic...

[The Queen:] Yes. Yes.

[Ms. Simon:] … and also working to get a lot of things organized with the Indigenous peoples and the Inuit of Canada.