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French airport renames itself after late Queen Elizabeth II

29 September 2022

French airport renames itself after late Queen Elizabeth II

A French airport has revealed that it will officially change its name to honour Queen Elizabeth II following her death earlier this month on 8th September.

Tributes continue to pour in for the longest reigning British monarch, and now the popular seaside resort of Le Touquet, on the French north coast, has decided to rename its airport as Le Touquet-Paris-Plage Elizabeth II from 14th October.

Known as 'the most British of French airports', and reportedly one of France's busiest airports, focused on tourist planes and air taxis, the local authority decided that it wanted to pay its own tribute due to the Queen's 'attentive [good] relations between our two nations'.

Indeed, the airport does have strong historic links to the royal family as Queen Elizabeth visited the, then new, French airport during trips to the small seaside town with her uncle, King Edward VIII in the 1930s. Her early love of horses was evident as she was regularly seen practicing her riding skills on the beaches, as well as participating in sand, yachting along the coast.

In its statement, a French airport authority said: "The town of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage wishes to name its airport after her who, for 70 years, served her country with commitment, respect and constancy." They continued by stating that the move would: 'affirm and reinforce [the airport's] status as the most British airport. offers a range of London based pleasure flights where customers have the opportunity to view significant London landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace, the Queen's most popular place of residence. Visit our Pleasure Flights page today to book yours, flying from UK wide airports and airspaces, available to purchase with our open Gift Vouchers.

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