Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, today unveiled a plaque at St Pancras International station to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel and the launch of international high speed rail services between the UK and mainland Europe.
The unveiling of the plaque preceded the State Visit of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh to France from 5 to 7 June at the invitation of the President of France, Françoise Hollande. As part of the State Visit, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will attend events in Paris and in Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings and will be received at the Élysée Palace by President Hollande.
Following the unveiling ceremony, the commemorative plaque will be displayed in the international services check-in area of St Pancras International station.
A little girl practices handing over a bouquet of flowers at this morning’s unveiling event:
Since the opening of the Channel Tunnel, more than 65 million vehicles and 330 million passengers have travelled on services through the Tunnel. This ground-breaking project heralded the start of a new era of collaboration and innovation and has transformed links between the UK and the Continent.
All photos by Cynthia Wamwayi