The Royal Visit

The King and Queen are coming to the Channel Islands


On Monday 15 July and Tuesday 16th July the Channel Islands will play host to King Charles III and Queen Camilla, their first visit since His Majesty's Accession to the throne.

The visit will highlight the special and historic relationship between the Channel Islands and the Crown which stretches back centuries.

The Royal couple will start their visit in Jersey where the focus of the visit will be on St Helier.

It will include a special sitting of the States Assembly and the Royal Court followed by a large-scale,​ open-air exposition which will showcase the best of Jersey in one area. 

Then the King and Queen will stay overnight at Government House before travelling on to Guernsey. The visit will include a special sitting of the States of Deliberation and centuries-old ceremony of homage to His Majesty, held outdoors on the St Peter Port seafront where islanders can come to watch the events.

Their Majesties will then head to the Crown Pier to discover more about Guernsey's local environment, heritage and traditions, including ongoing work to promote Guernesiais, local food production, and biodiversity initiatives. 

Take a look back at some of the King and Queen's previous visits to the Channel Islands:

 

What's happening... and where

Their Majesties The King and Queen visit Royal Square for a Special Sitting of the States Assembly and Sitting of the Royal Court. 

On arrival at the Royal Square, The King and Queen will be led by the Royal Mace of 1663 which was gifted to the island by King Charles II in recognition of the island’s loyalty to the Crown. A special sitting of the States Assembly, the island’s parliament comprising 49 elected members, will then be convened. The Bailiff, as President of the States Assembly, will read out a Loyal Address marking the visit and His Majesty will read a response.

The sitting will then transition to a Sitting of the Royal Court. Following the prayer of the Royal Court spoken in French, five of the senior Seigneurs of the Island will pay homage to His Majesty, a duty which is expected of them on the sovereign’s visit to the island. The Homage will include the gifting of locally laid duck eggs as a symbol of sustenance.

Royal Gun Salute

Shortly after Their Majesties arrive in Jersey, a Royal Gun Salute will be fired by the 1781 Militia at People’s Park. They will be using the Duke of Edinburgh saluting gun Battery to discharge 21 rounds. Their Majesties will see the final seven rounds fired as they drive past. The 1781 Jersey Militia is a Living History group that portrays 18th Century Military Life based on the 1781 Jersey 4th Regiment Militia that took part in the Battle of Jersey 6th Jan 1781.

In 2022, the island commissioned a saluting gun battery to commemorate His Royal Highness The Late Duke of Edinburgh.

Jersey Expo

Their Majesties will attend the Jersey Expo Event at Weighbridge Place.

This event will bring the best of Jersey into one place, focussing on key areas of the island’s agriculture, fishing and aquaculture industries and the island’s journey to net zero.

Their Majesties will first meet the President of the Jersey Beekeepers Association and a young beekeeper before being introduced to Jersey Royal Potato farmers.

His Majesty will go on to meet people involved in the island’s ‘Pathway to Net Zero’ - highlighting community projects in Jersey that showcase how the island is uniting to respond to the climate emergency. Jersey was the first Crown Dependency to have the UK's ratification of the Paris Agreement extended to it.

His Majesty will hear about the island’s climate, energy, offshore wind farm plans, transport and natural environment. There will also be teams from Move More Jersey,

Acorn ReUse and Jersey Trees for Life

Meanwhile, Her Majesty will meet representatives from the Jersey Fishermen's Association, producers from the Royal Bay of Grouville, Matt Taylor, owner of Jersey Sea Salt, Ceramicist Claire Haithwaite and Peter Tarrant from Jersey Oysters.

Their Majesties will reunite to participate in a mini version of the Genuine Jersey Royal Potato Growing competition - Primary school children across the island have been participating in this competition to grow their own Jersey Royals for 17 years. There are two categories to vie for, greatest yield and greatest crop weight. 

The Expo will be open to the public after Their Majesties have visited.

Presentation of The King’s Colour

His Majesty The King will present the new King’s Colour to the Jersey Sea Cadets in their 75th Anniversary year.

Jersey Sea Cadets offer maritime training and leadership experiences for children aged between 10 and 18.

The charity started in Jersey in 1947 and was recognised by the Ministry of Defence in 1949. The sea cadets have been present for all the Royal visits since 1975. Jersey has the largest sea cadet contingent in the British Isles.

The King's Parade

Their Majesties will attend The King’s Parade and afterwards join a tea party in Liberation Square, where they will meet guests from a broad cross section of the island’s community. Guests at the tea party will include parishioners from each of the island’s 12 parishes and the island’s oldest remaining Normandy Veteran, Ernest Thorne, who His Majesty met in Portsmouth on D-Day. Representatives from Royal Patronages, arts and literary organisations (including author Peter James), emergency services, faith leaders and a number of people from voluntary organisations.

Upon conclusion of their visit to the tea party, Their Majesties will depart - passing through a guard of honour lining the Esplanade in front of Liberation Station.

After spending the night at the official residence of the lieutenant governor of Jersey, Government House, their Majesties will travel onto Guernsey for the second part of their visit to the Channel Islands.

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