Queen Elizabeth II arrives in France for D-Day ceremonies

Britain`s Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Paris on Thursday for an increasingly rare foreign visit that will see her feted as France`s "super guest of honour" at D-Day commemorations attended by an A-list of world leaders.

AFP| Last Updated: Jun 05, 2014, 22:16 PM IST

Paris: Britain`s Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Paris on Thursday for an increasingly rare foreign visit that will see her feted as France`s "super guest of honour" 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 scheduled Eurostar train from London to an enthusiastic welcome from around 300 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 said.

"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."

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."

The 88-year-old British monarch is making her fifth state visit to France.

As well as attending the D-Day 70th anniversary ceremony in Normandy tomorrow, she will attend a state banquet at President Francois Hollande`s Elysee Palace tomorrow evening and have Paris`s best-known flower market named after her.