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.
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.
In 1972 HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visit France to be welcomed by anglophile president Georges Pompidou.
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.
The Queen and France’s President Francois Mitterrand formally open the Channel Tunnel in ceremonies that take place in both Calais and Britain.
On 11 November 1998, HM The Queen attends Armistice Day commemorations in Paris.
In 2004 HM The Queen is present to celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Entente Cordiale between France and Britain.
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.