Queen Elizabeth has left us after 70 years of reign. A place in Paris is imbued with his memory: The flower market.

Queen Elizabeth
Photography : Elizabeth Perotin

Named « Queen Elizabeth II » market

Nestled on the Île de la Cité since the 19th century, a few steps from the Conciergerie and the Sainte-Chapelle, this historic market is a veritable institution and a place for strolling appreciated by Parisians. It offers a wide range of flowers, plants and shrubs, but also some decorative items. The bird market only opens on Sundays and offers a wide variety of birds, some of which are rare, cages, seeds and other accessories. Formerly called the flower and bird market, it has been called the « Queen Elizabeth II » market in honor of the British sovereign, since 2014, the date of the Queen’s last visit to Paris.

Queen Elizabeth
Photography Elizabeth Perotin

A great friendship for France

Usually France does not give place names to living people, but the town hall of Paris made an exception for this 88-year-old sovereign at the time who has always shown her great friendship for France. The flower market is a place heavy with symbols for the queen. Elizabeth II had indeed gone there during her first visit to France, in 1948, with Prince Philip whom she had just married. She was then pregnant with Charles and had particularly enjoyed strolling among the flowery paths of this haven of greenery. From now on, we can’t help but have a thought for the queen while admiring these beautiful flowers… An hour after the announcement of the death of the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, at the age of 96, political reactions from around the world are linked. Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris shared « her immense emotion » and announced that the Eiffel Tower will be extinguished this Thursday evening, in tribute to « her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ».

Queen Elizabeth II flower market

Place Louis-Lépine, 75004

Metro: Cité (line 4)

Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.

for the flower market, Sunday for the bird market

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