'Just get on with it': Queen Elizabeth's advice to Jacinda Ardern – The Telegraph

New Zealand's PM recalls her first meeting with the late Queen when she asked the monarch how to balance motherhood and being a leader
Queen Elizabeth II told Jacinda Ardern “just get on with it” when she asked how to balance being a mother and a leader. 
New Zealand’s Prime Minister became one of the first world leaders to pay her respects to the late sovereign in London on Friday. She is also believed to be the one who is travelling the furthest, flying 11,000 miles to be at the funeral.
As world leaders continue to descend on London to prepare to pay their final respects during the funeral service at Westminster Abbey on Monday morning, Ms Ardern appeared on the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme to reflect on her first meeting with the late Queen. 
Ms Ardern, who was pregnant at the time of the exchange, asked how the late monarch managed to balance being both a mother and a leader. 
She recalled: “I asked her, for instance, of course what was one of the things on my mind alongside being a new prime minister was being a prime minister and a mum.
“I said to her: ‘How did you manage?’ And I remember she just said: ‘Well, you just get on with it’.
“And that was actually probably the best and most, I think, factual advice I could have. You do, you just take every day as it comes. And she did.
“But I have such respect for her because I see now what it takes to be a mum and a leader and she did it more times over than I.”
Global leaders are being ordered to give up their diplomatic cars and, instead, share transport with their fellow presidents and prime ministers as part of plans organised by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to enable safe travel to the funeral.
The plans mean that the world’s most important political and royal figures in their respective countries will have to share transport to reach the service and have prompted security concerns among some diplomats and officials. Yet Ms Ardern, has become the first world leader to publicly rebut the complaints.
She said: “I’m kind of interested there’s so much fuss about the bus, I don’t think the bus warrants too much fuss. When we came here for CHOGM [Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting] we used buses for transport…. it just makes good sense. We’re a very practical people.”
However, Joe Biden, the US President, who normally travels in a heavily fortified armour-plated Cadillac Limousine, dubbed “The Beast”, is among the rare exceptions expecting to take his own transport to the funeral.
In total, about 500 guests from 200 countries and territories will be present at the funeral. Among them will be nearly 100 presidents and heads of government.
The state funeral is a major logistical operation and will mark the largest gathering of foreign dignitaries on UK soil since the death of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who was also afforded a state burial in 1965.
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