Former Canadian leader Jean Chretien made Queen laugh by swearing

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Jean Chretien, Canada's former prime minister, has said he once made the Queen laugh by uttering a swear word during a historic ceremony.

The faux pas in question happened during the signing ceremony of the Constitution Act in Ottawa in 1982 that severed virtually all remaining constitutional and legislative ties between the UK and Canada.

The former politician was justice minister at the time and after the Queen signed the document, then then prime minister Pierre Trudeau snapped off the end of the fountain pen being used.

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