Paris flower market has been renamed to honour Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II
Paris says it with Flowers.
Britain is today coming to terms with the loss of a monarch whose extraordinary reign spanned 70 years and immeasurable change.To mark what was Queen Elizabeth II’s last visit to France, the City of Light has named a flower market in her honor.
On June 7th 2014, Her Britannic Majesty visited the Marché aux Fleurs, a site that’s been selling sweet-scented blossoms for over 200 years, for the tribute. The tribute came on the last day of the Queen’s three-day state visit to France with the Duke of Edinburgh to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
The Queen, who visited the market on her first trip to the country in 1948, unveiled a plaque to mark her visit.
The then Princess Elizabeth made her first official visit to France – her first outside the Commonwealth – a few months after her wedding to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Hundreds of well-wishers cheered “Vive la Reine” nearby Paris’ City Hall before crossing over the Seine to rename the flower market.
“We know of your Majesty’s fondness for Paris,” said Hidalgo. “You have secured the affection of the French..and Parisians.”
The renaming was a token of gratitude for the role of the British in helping liberate the country during World War II.
Alternating between French and English, the Queen expressed her pride in the courage of the allied forces, adding that “Our peace and prosperity can never be taken for granted and must constantly be tended.”
We hope you get a chance to visit the Marché aux fleurs during your next visit in Paris.
We will dearly miss you Your Majesty. Aurevoir…
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