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Old 06-05-2014, 09:49 AM
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Wow! It's been 20 years since the "chunnel" opened? As a friend of mine said, when we were living near Oxford over 40 forty years ago "tempus don't half fugit"!
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:36 AM
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:12 PM
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D-Day veteran honours war dead as 70th anniversary celebrations begin | Mail Online
*The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Channel Tunnel ahead of their state visit

She's a real pearly Queen! Her Majesty dazzles in cream as she steps off the Eurostar in Paris (but not before she makes one little flower girl's day in London)
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at the tomb of the unknown soldier
http://i.imgur.com/9vuxntl.jpg
with the president of France
http://www.leparisien.fr/images/2014...99859_asdf.jpg
http://www.leparisien.fr/images/2014...899885_hkl.jpg
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:48 PM
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Wow... can I tell you how stunning and chic the Queen looks in her pink outfit!!!
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Old 06-05-2014, 01:15 PM
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My sympathies for the Queen, she is already on her third outfit of the day!
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Old 06-05-2014, 01:16 PM
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My sympathies for the Queen, she is already on her third outfit of the day!
She's now on her 4th
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Old 06-05-2014, 02:08 PM
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Well i was there and it's always a pleasure to share some insight !
The weather was just perfect and sunny (it was terrible until yesterday) and a huge crowd gathered at the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées from 4pm. People were quite cheerful, as always mainly tourists and some Brits were happily surprised to know that their Head of State was coming to town. France will not be France without some hangry Parisians quite pissed to be unable to reach their closed metro stations (let's face it, the traffic was a nightmare, more than usual, due to the visit). C'est la vie !
Anyway the level of protocol was higher than usual, with a full State Welcome at the Arc de Triomphe. At 5pm HM arrived, with her very own Bentley, welcomed by President Hollande. As you may know France doesn't have a First Lady anymore so the Duke was escorted by the all but glamorous Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
My first impression of the Queen, apart her delicious pink outfit, was how frail and petite she looked, she had even some difficulties to walk sometimes (maybe due to the pavement). But her legendary smile was still there. The Welcome Ceremony lasted around 20 minutes, with hymns and troop review. For once President Hollande was not booed, wich is always a plus ...
The climax was of course the state motorcade down the Champs Elysées with the horsemen of the Republican guard : Hugue disappointment as the car of the President and the Queen was not open, unlike the previous visits, so we had just a tiny glimpse of the Sovereign. Quite gutted by this fact, i decided to follow HM to the Elysée palace, hoping for a better view.
I joined a tiny crowd just outside the palace. For the non Parisians, the Elysée Palace is quite a discreet building opening on a not so large street, so the point of view was just perfect. Around 6.30 pm the gates opened and the familiar Bentley went out just in front of us, the Queen and the Duke waving and smiling broadly : it was quite a special moment. Then the royal Party was driven to the British Embassy, just some meters from the Elysee Palace, where a Garden Party was waiting for them.
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Wow 4 events in 1 day. Yes, they were all in succession but still both Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh are quite advanced in age yet they work so hard.
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The Queen is amazing.
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Her Majesty rocks that pink outfit!
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:34 PM
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Wow 4 events in 1 day. Yes, they were all in succession but still both Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh are quite advanced in age yet they work so hard.
I just have to shake my head in amazement watching this beloved couple do their thing. I would have been tired out after the doings at the chunnel and then the train ride and HM has 26 years on me and the DoE even more. It really puts me to shame.
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I am in awe of the whole thing, the commemoration, the welcome that France has given everyone, the Queen looking as lovely as I have ever seen her. It's such an incredible and unique event and very humbling too.
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:58 PM
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That pink outfit is awful IMO, HM looks like a cupcake.
She's certainly had a busy day though!
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I don't know if this information can be posted here
It seems her majesty granted this afternoon Stephane Bern (french journalist,specialised in royalty) the Order of the British Empire.

https://fr.news.yahoo.com/st%C3%A9ph...162100855.html
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Old 06-05-2014, 06:16 PM
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Charming video showing the gift from President Hollande : a serie of photo albums in leather made by Hermes depicting the previous state and official visits of HM to France.

[EXCLUSIF] François Hollande présente son cadeau à Sa Majesté la Reine Elizabeth II - Vidéo Dailymotion

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http://www.elysee.fr/communiques-de-...-elizabeth-ii/
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Nico, thank you for your personal insight on today's festivities. I'm glad you got a good look at HM and the DoE in the end.

A lovely gift from the President! I'm sure HM will appreciate it as she must have one of the largest Hermes scarf collections in the world!

Anyone doubtful as to the physical and mental capacity of the Queen need only look at her schedule today and how beautifully she has fulfilled it.
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