King gives blessing to rename French airport after Queen Elizabeth II

The resort town of Le Touquet has been given King Charles’ approval to pay tribute to the Queen Elizabeth II by naming the local airport after the late Monarch.

Le Touquet received the official support of the king on Monday to change the name of international airport Le Touquet Paris-Plage to the Elizabeth II International Airport of Le Touquet Paris-Plage.

“This is a tribute to a great Queen and her uncle who had a fondness for France, as well as a recognition of the ‘most British of French resorts’,” the northern resort town’s hall said in a statement, adding that an inauguration date had yet to be set.

The airport opened in the 1930s and quickly became a favoured destination for British tourists. In the 1950s the airport was France’s third busiest after Orly outside Paris and Nice on the French Riviera.

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