Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

France pulls out stops for 'super guest of honor'  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 06/06/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) Paris: britain's queen elizabeth ii arrived in paris on thursday for an increasingly rare overseas visit that will see her feted as france's 'super guest of honor" at d-day commemorations attended by an a-list of world leaders.

the 88-year-old monarch accompanied by her 92-year-old husband prince philip stepped off a eurostar train from london to an enthusiastic welcome from 300 cheering well-wishers at the french capital's gare du nord.

among them was margaret kittle a canadian whose late husband harold fought in the royal air force (raf) during world war ii.

'it's great she's here she's the only one of the leaders who will be on the beaches tomorrow to have known the war first hand" kittle told afp.

'i've seen the queen several times and saw her mother and father before the war in canada when i was a girl of four. but today is really special."

philip is the only surviving british royal who saw active service in world war ii. a naval officer he was in tokyo bay for the japanese surrender.

melody zhang from beijing but studying in london added: 'i just got to know two hours ago she's coming and i rushed to try and see her. this is the first time i'm seeing her and probably the last. it's really cool i was able to be here."

as well as attending the d-day 70th anniversary ceremony in normandy on friday queen elizabeth will attend a state banquet at president francois hollande's elysee palace on friday evening and have paris's best-known flower market named after her.

france is pulling out all the stops to emphasize she is the star guest on a list that includes the leaders of the united states russia germany and a host of other nations.

'all arrangements have been made to demonstrate that she is the super guest of honor among the 33 other world dignitaries" laurent stefanini the chief of protocol at the french presidency said.

describing her as the 'doyenne" of global leaders attending the anniversary stefanini said she would occupy the place of honor — seated at hollande's right — at all the events.

the special treatment included seeking the monarch's preferences for friday's banquet menu. 'very classic french" was the request relayed back.

after her arrival the queen laid a wreath at france's national monument to its war dead the arc de triomphe and then met hollande at the elysee palace for tea.

hollande presented her with a series of photographs from her earlier four state visits in frames made by parisian luxury brand hermes.

she then went on to attend a garden party at which she was to bestow honors on several british and french nationals.

they included robert 'bob' maloubier a 92-year-old veteran of the wartime special operations executive (soe) who has been made an honorary mbe and michael edwards an academic and poet.

edwards becomes a knight bachelor in recognition of becoming the first briton to enter the academie francaise the august body charged with preserving the purity of the french language.

on saturday she will have paris's best-known flower market next door to the emblematic sacre coeur cathedral named after her.

'this is really an exceptional gesture because in france we rarely name a place after living people" stefanini said.

the queen first visited the market during an official visit as a recently-married princess in 1948. she was pregnant with the future prince charles at the time.

before leaving london she unveiled a plaque marking the 20th anniversary of the channel tunnel linking britain with continental europe.

more than 330 million passengers and 65 million vehicles have gone through the tunnel since it opened to the public in 1994 and the high-speed london-paris rail link has made commuting between the two capitals commonplace.

peter ricketts britain's ambassador in paris said there was a real 'warmth and affection" for the british monarch in staunchly republican france.

'the sense i get here is real excitement and pride really that the queen is coming back for this visit" he said.

elizabeth and philip have scaled back their overseas trips in recent years allowing heir-to-the-throne prince charles and other royals to represent them.

their last foreign visit was a one-day trip to rome in april to see italian president giorgio napolitano and pope francis.

that trip was the first time the queen had left britain since visiting australia in october 2011.

the monarch's last state visit was to ireland in may 2011 a groundbreaking trip that signalled a new era in anglo-irish relations.


 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Aug 3 2015 - Mobily Q2 net loss hits nearly USD215mMENAFN
(MENAFN) Saudi Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), suffered a net loss of USD215 million during the second quarter of this year as a result of dispute with Zain.The company Exposed to loss in the second ...

 Aug 3 2015 - Dubai spent USD46.2m for water transmission networksMENAFN
(MENAFN) Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), launched major water transmission networks with a length of 25km. This project matches Dubai Plan 2021, which pursues economic development, ...

 Aug 3 2015 - GCC Foreign Ministers hold coordination meeting in DohaSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Foreign Ministers of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council held here on Sunday evening a coordination meeting ahead of their joint meeting with US Secretary of ...

 Aug 3 2015 - Saudi Arabian Football Federation holds its regular meetingSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) The board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation held its regular meeting here on Sunday.During the meeting, the board discussed topics on the agenda and ...

 Aug 3 2015 - Abu Dhabi's Agthia net profit up 20 percent in H1MENAFN
(MENAFN) Food and beverage company Agthia Group net profit for the first half of 2015 rose 20 percent to USD34 million from the same period last year, driven by higher sales and improved margins.The ...

 Aug 3 2015 - Syrian jet crashes into market, 12 killedSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) At least 12 people were killed when a Syrian army fighter jet crashed into a busy marketplace in the opposition-held northwestern town of Ariha on Monday, a monitor ...

 Aug 3 2015 - Qatar's Emir Receives GCC Foreign MinistersSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, received today the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States' foreign ministers, currently on a visit ...

 Aug 3 2015 - Bahrain's USD650m Villamar project to be finalized by 2017MENAFN
(MENAFN) UAE developer Gulf Holding said it will finalize USD650 million Villamar Towers development, one of Bahrain's most delayed projects, by 2017, 11 years after it was first launched.Gulf ...

 Aug 3 2015 - Saudi, UAE hold 75 percent of MENA's investment activityMENAFN
(MENAFN) A financial report shows that UAE and Saudi overpower more than 75 percent of MENA's investment activity by value.The report stated that the mentioned countries accounted for a lower amount ...

 Aug 3 2015 - Jordan receives USD1b Foreign aid in 2015MENAFN
(MENAFN) Official reports said that Jordan received USD1 billion as total foreign aid, since the beginning of this year.The external grants from donors reached USD 632.64 million, while the soft ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help