The Channel Tunnel is lowering its flags in honor of Elizabeth II, the first passenger on the Shuttle

The Channel Tunnel is lowering its flags in honor of Elizabeth II, the first passenger on the Shuttle


The King inaugurated the Channel Tunnel in 1994 together with François Mitterrand. Then he took a royal Rolls-Royce.

He was the first official passenger of the Shuttle, a Channel Tunnel ship. To honor Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday at the age of 96, the company that manages the infrastructure of the tunnel has announced that it is lowering the flags at two of its stations.

“Getlink will always be very grateful to him for joining the team to celebrate this emblematic work of the strong relationship that will continue to connect the UK, France and Europe”, wrote in a press release the sponsor, formerly “Eurotunnel Group”. who says he is “deeply saddened” by the king’s death.

The first Shuttle passengers

The monarch, who ruled England for 70 years, had inaugurated this famous tunnel in the rain in Coquelles in 1994 with François Mitterrand, then president of France.

A job he had described as “a combination of French speed and British pragmatism” during his inaugural speech in French.

Elizabeth II at that time was the first passenger to officially board the ship called “Shuttle” in the royal Rolls-Royce, reaching the Folkestone terminal, on the English side.