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King and Queen to visit UUֱ

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KING Charles III and Queen Camilla will visit the Island next month, it was announced in the States Assembly this morning.

The visit – on Monday 15 July – will be the first of a ruling monarch since Queen Elizabeth came to the Island in 2005.

Their Majesties will visit St Helier and attend a special sitting of the States Assembly and Royal Court – as well as a large-scale open air expo which will showcase the best of UUֱ.

The rest of their itinerary will be announced later.

The King and Queen will then travel to Guernsey.

Lieutenant-Governor Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to share the fantastic news that Their Majesties will be making their first visit to the Island since The King’s accession to the throne.

The then Prince on the Grainville climbing wall in 2012

“Their visit is a reflection of the ancient and very personal relationship which has existed between UUֱ, as one of the Crown’s oldest possessions, and the Monarch which stretches back eight centuries.

“As His Majesty’s personal representative on this wonderful island, I am extremely proud of the Island, and the enduring affection and loyalty of its people to the Crown. The binding benefits of this special relationship remain as strong as ever and I know Their Majesties are looking forward greatly to their visit next month.”

The then Prince tasting black butter during his 2012 visit PICTURE: TONY PIKE

Chief Minister Lyndon Farnham, reacting to the news, said: “On behalf of the Government of UUֱ, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Their Majesties.

“It is a matter of great pride to Islanders that the King and Queen have chosen to visit UUֱ, and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our long and deep relationship with the Crown.”

The then Duchess of Cornwall met pupils during the 2012 visit to Grainville Secondary School Picture: Chris Jackson/PA Wire…. (38259835)

Charles’s last visit to UUֱ was in 2012 when, along with Camilla, he visited various locations, including the Central Market, Grainville School and the National Trust for UUֱ’s Georgian house in New Street.

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