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You just get started! Queen offered Jacinda Ardern advice on juggling as a mother and leader

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You just get started! Queen gave sage advice to Jacinda Ardern on how to juggle to be a new mom and a leader

  • Jacinda Ardern met the late Queen while pregnant with her only child in 2018
  • She was only the second elected head of government to give birth during her term in office
  • Another leader who gave birth in office was former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
  • The Queen said to Ms Ardern ‘you just keep going’ when asked for advice
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The Queen told Jacinda Ardern ‘you just keep going’ when she was asked for advice on how to juggle as a mother and leader.

The New Zealand Prime Minister was pregnant with her only child when she met the Queen in 2018.

She became only the second elected head of government to give birth to daughter Neve, while in office a few months later.

Miss Ardern, 42, said yesterday on the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg show that she asked the Queen how she managed to be both mother and leader during their first meeting. She said: ‘One of the things I thought about besides being a new prime minister was being prime minister and being a mother.

The Queen told Jacinda Ardern ‘you just keep going’ when she was asked for advice on how to juggle as a mother and leader. Pictured: Mrs Ardern meets the Queen during pregnancy in 2018

Jacinda Ardern became only the second elected head of government to give birth to her daughter Neve a few months later.  In the photo: the queen greeted Mrs Arden who was pregnant at the time

Jacinda Ardern became only the second elected head of government to give birth to her daughter Neve a few months later. In the photo: the queen greeted Mrs Arden who was pregnant at the time

‘I said to her, ‘How did you manage?’ And I remember she said, “Well, go ahead”. And that was actually probably the best and most factual advice I could have.’ She added: “You do, you take each day as it comes. And [the Queen] did. But I have such respect for her because now I see what it takes to be a mother and a leader and she did it more than I did.”

The Queen had two children, Charles and Anne, before taking the throne in 1952, before giving birth to Andrew and Edward as reigning monarch in the 1960s.

The only other elected leader to give birth in office was former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

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