Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II

As HM Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history, we look back at her visits to France in her time as Queen

10 September 2015

Today Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest serving monarch in British history. Having been crowned in 1953, HM The Queen has reigned for 63 years, and has now surpassed the length of reign of Queen Victoria who was monarch from 1837 to 1901.

To commemorate HM The Queen becoming Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, we have put together a picture gallery of her some of her numerous official visits to France, a testimony of the strength of the links between the monarch, and the UK as a whole, and France.

8–11 April 1957 to Paris and Lille welcomed by President Coty


Queen Elizabeth visits ’Le Chavalier et la Damoiselle’ ballet by Philippe Gaubert with President Coty at the Paris Opera. A reception is also organised at the Paris city hall with a dinner taking place in the Galerie des Glaces in Versailles.

15–19 May 1972 to Paris welcomed by President Pompidou


In 1972 HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visit France to be welcomed by anglophile president Georges Pompidou.

9–12 June 1992 to Paris and Blois, Bordeaux welcomed by President Mitterrand


In 1992, Elizabeth arrives in France to celebrate the signing of the Maastricht Treaty. The Queen and President Mitterand also visit the Caryatides of the Louvre.

6 May 1994 to Calais welcomed by President Mitterand


The Queen and France’s President Francois Mitterrand formally open the Channel Tunnel in ceremonies that take place in both Calais and Britain.

11 November 1998 to Paris welcomed by President Chirac

On 11 November 1998, HM The Queen attends Armistice Day commemorations in Paris.


5–7 April 2004 to Paris and Toulouse welcomed by President Chirac


In 2004 HM The Queen is present to celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Entente Cordiale between France and Britain.

5–7 June 2014, Paris, Bayeux, Ouistreham, welcomed by President Hollande


To commemorate 70 years since D-Day, Queen Elizabeth II attends commemorations in Normandy, with Her Majesty also being the guest at a State dinner at the Elysée Palace.

Published on 10/09/2015

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