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This French resort is renaming its airport after Queen Elizabeth II

From October 14, Le Touquet’s local airport will be called Le Touquet-Paris-Plage Elizabeth II

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

When Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 at the age of 96, tributes poured in from around the world. And, even after her funeral yesterday, the homages have kept coming: now an airport in France is to change its name to honour the British monarch.

The airport in question serves the French seaside resort of Le Touquet (full name Le Touquet-Paris-Plage), on France’s northern coast. The airport is currently officially called Le Touquet Côte d’Opale but, from October 14, it’ll be called Le Touquet-Paris-Plage Elizabeth II.

Le Touquet’s local authority said the move was ‘to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’ and that it commemorated a visit by the Queen to the town in the 1930s with her uncle, King Edward VIII. The local government also said that the Queen ‘was always attentive to good relations between our two nations, she who spoke French and appreciated our country.’

Le Touquet airport isn’t the only French transport hub to pay homage to the UK monarch. Paris metro station George V was temporarily renamed Elizabeth II for the day of her funeral.

The new QEII airport doesn’t actually run commercial services and is mostly used by private planes – in fact, it’s only a 15-minute flight from Lydd airport in Kent. Charter flights will set you back more than £200 ($229) per person. But maybe that’s a price worth paying for a royal seaside day trip.

Did you see all the ways the world paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II?

Plus: here’s every country Queen Elizabeth II visited in her 70-year reign.

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