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Royal Visit

Date
16 Jul
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His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty Queen Camilla will visit Guernsey on Tuesday 16 July 2024, their first visit since His Majesty's Accession to the throne. 

Programme of Events

  • St Peter Port seafront
  • Special States sitting and ceremony of Homage
  • Unveiling of the plaque at Crown Pier
  • Showcase of Guernsey  culture, heritage, produce and environmental initiative
  • Cambridge Park Family Event - an alternative opportunity to see Their Majesties on a large screen as they drive by

More detail, including timings for the day will be released closer to the visit.

Read more: www.gov.gg/royalvisit2024 

 

The Bailiwick's relationship to the Crown

The Bailiwick's connection with the Crown stretches back for centuries.  However, it does not stem from the monarch's English and British roles.  It is from their role as successor to the Dukes of Normandy that the Channel Islands owe their allegiance to British monarchs. The Channel Islands are the only part of the former Duchy of Normandy which remains loyal to the British Crown.  This is why Islanders would toast 'Le Roi/La Reine, Notre Duc' which translates as 'The King/Queen, our Duke'. 

The Channel Islands formally became part of the Duchy of Normandy in 933, then Normandy and England came under a common ruler from 1066 after the victory of William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings.  

Although King John lost continental Normandy in 1204, the Channel Islands stayed loyal to the English Crown.  The relationship between the Channel Islands and the monarchy was formalised in 1259 when the Treaty of Paris was agreed between Henry III of England and Louis IX of France.  Although Henry III abandoned his right to the title "Duke of Normandy", his rights to the islands were confirmed and he still ruled the Islands in that capacity, continuing to observe their established laws, liberties and customs.  These local rights were later confirmed in a series of Charters by successive monarchs and are the origins of the Bailiwick's status as a Crown Dependency

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