We were pleased to welcome today His Excellency Monsieur Bernard Emié, Ambassador of the French Republic to the Court of St James. With his charming wife and daughters he came to visit the Abbey and to see the tombs of the Imperial Family in the Abbey Crypt with Professor John Rogister.
Given Napoleon III’s contribution to the entente cordiale, it was a delight to welcome His Excellency to Farnborough for his first visit to us. He added a number of details about the Empress’ life to our knowledge of her, especially about her grand tour at the time of the opening of the Suez Canal.
In the course of each year we receive many French pilgrims at the Abbey, but it is a particular honour for us to count the Ambassador amongst them.