LONDON, April 20 (UPI) -- Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien used a formal lunch to brief British Queen Elizabeth in London on Canada's upcoming federal election.
The Liberal who won three majority governments between 1993 and 2000 told the Globe & Mail newspaper by telephone the monarch asked about the May 2 election.
Chretien, 77, was at a biennial lunch for members of the Order of Merit, an honor the queen bestowed on him in 2009 for his four decades of public service.
He said he didn't make a prediction to the queen about the election outcome.
"It's an election that nobody will know the results before the day of the election -- we never know," he said.
Chretien first met the queen in 1970 and over the years has developed a knack for making her laugh, the newspaper said. In conversation Tuesday, Chretien noted Elizabeth is celebrating her 85th birthday Thursday and told her he has a 94-year-old brother who is still "putting money aside for his old age."
He said the queen was also pleased to hear there is great media interest in Canada in the upcoming wedding of her grandson, Prince William and Kate Middleton.
"I reported to her that the TV, they just talk about it in Canada on every newscast," he said. "She was very pleased with that."