An airport in the Pas de Calais department in France will be named after Queen Elizabeth II, who died in 2022. This was announced on social media by the mayor of the commune of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage Daniel Fakel.
The politician said that the French authorities “have received the official consent of King Charles III to assign the name of Queen Elizabeth II to Touquet-Paris-Plage International Airport.” “It remains to choose a date for the official ceremony,” added the mayor.
According to Fakel, the airport’s name change will be a “historic turning point” and will allow paying “tribute to the great queen and her uncle, in love with France”, King Edward VIII.
Fakel recalled that Touquet-Paris-Plage is considered “the most British of French seaside resorts”, where Edward VIII liked to come. The king, according to the mayor, dedicated himself there to horse riding and sailing. According to Fakel, the airport was designed in the 1930s to accommodate British aircraft. By the 1950s, the mayor claimed, “it had become a strong link between Britain and the Continent”.
Earlier it became known that a statue of Elizabeth II and her Corgi will be installed in the UK. The sculptor Hyvel Bran Pratley is working on the monument. We talk about it in more detail here.