As Monday night’s election results rolled in and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau was announced as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister, there was one person who beamed prouder than the rest: his loving wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau. The country officially ushered in its second wave of Trudeaumania – Justin is, of course, the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau – on Oct. 19, and Sophie, 40, looked on lovingly, her hand placed humbly over her heart, as her husband of ten years thanked voters in a victory speech broadcast from the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel near Justin’s Montreal riding of Papineau.
Throughout the 78-day campaign, 43-year-old Justin was always quick to acknowledge the unwavering support of his devoted wife, tweeting in French, “Thank you, #MyLove, (and, I should say, Sophie!) for all your door-knocking and the work you have done in this campaign." The couple has never made a secret of their affections for one another, often sharing a kiss or cuddle during public outings.
Sophie, a former Quebec correspondent for eTalk, also hasn’t shied away from discussing the hardships her family faced throughout her husband’s political career, and especially during the election, but she’s in it for the long haul “as partners” in life. “We're obviously shoulder to shoulder on this great journey," she told CTV’s Question Period. And keeping their family life as normal as possible has helped the Trudeaus stay grounded along the way. "We will still cuddle in bed on a Saturday morning, when it's possible."
Though their bond today is stronger than ever, the couple, who have three children – Xavier, 8, Ella-Grace Margaret, 6, and 19-month-old Hadrien – didn’t start dating when they first met. Sophie was a classmate of Justin’s brother, Michel, who died in an avalanche in 1998. They hosted a charity event together in 2003, and while there were definite sparks months passed before their next encounter. Justin actively pursued his future bride, and made his intentions clear. “We then went for dinner and on our first date, our very first date, he looked into my eyes and said, ‘I’ve been waiting for you 31 years. You’re going to be my wife. We’re going to have a family together,’” Sophie told Women On The Fence in 2011. The lovebirds wed in 2005.
The rest, as they say, is now Canadian history, as the two will become the country’s newest first couple once Justin is officially sworn in as prime minister. The family will then move into 24 Sussex Drive, familiar territory for Justin, who was born and raised on the premises during his father’s political reign.
From sweet moments caught on camera to the most monumental moment of their lives, we look back on the love story that will continue to be written before Canada’s eyes.