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French airport to be renamed after Queen Elizabeth II

French airport to be renamed after Queen Elizabeth II

An airport in France is being named after Queen Elizabeth.

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage International Airport is getting rebranded after King Charles gave his approval for the transport hub to add “Elizabeth II” at the start.

Officials in the town of Le Touquet say this is a recognition of its status as “the most British of French resorts”.

They had made their proposal to Buckingham Palace just six days after the Queen died last September – in the hope of paying tribute to her “exceptional life”.

Queen Elizabeth II, when she was a princess, with her uncle, Edward VIII, when he was Prince Edward, during a visit to Balmoral in 1933. Pic: AP

A date for the inauguration is yet to be set.

The airport was designed in the 1930s – and by the 1950s it had become a “strong link” between France and the UK.

According to the town hall, the Queen’s uncle Edward VIII used to travel over to enjoy horseback riding and sand yachting, and his niece would sometimes accompany him.

While it currently doesn’t offer scheduled flights to passengers – with the airport mainly used by private jets – officials hope to welcome tourist planes from across the Channel in future.

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French President Emmanuel Macron has a holiday home in Le Touquet, which lies about an hour south of Calais.

The resort has been dubbed “Twickenham-on-Sea” as it will be hosting the England team during the Rugby World Cup later this year.

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