Royal Visit - History

Royal Visit - History

FDR with the King and Queen of England

With the winds of war blowing President Roosevelt invited the King and Queen of England to make a royal visit. They arrived in June 1939 for the first Royal visit to the United States.


In August of 1938 F.D.R. wrote to England’s King George and invited him to visit the United States, following his planned visit to Canada the next year. The King accepted. The President took it upon himself to plan the Royal visit. F.D.R. wished to use to the King’s trip to convey the friendship between the United States and Great Britain.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrived at Niagara Falls on the evening of June 7th 1939 . The King and Queen took a train to Washington, DC from Niagara. In Washington, the royal couple hosted a reception in the garden of the British Embassy on June 8th. Later that evening they attended a formal dinner followed by entertainment at the White House– in the sweltering heat. The next day, the Royal couple accompanied the President on a cruise to Mt Vernon. They continued on with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery. The King placed a wreath at Arlington’s “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier”. The affirming imagery of the trip was fostered further by a two-day visit to Hyde Park. Roosevelt hosted a famous picnic at Hyde Park that included hot dogs and baked bean. The visit, which was the first of a King of England to the United States, was a great success. It expressed the deep ties that existed between the United States and Great Britain.


Date: June 28 to July 6, 2010
Accompanied by Prince Philip
The 2010 Royal Visit included celebrations in Halifax, Nova Scotia to mark the centennial of the founding of the Royal Canadian Navy, Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and a dedication of the cornerstone for the Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Date: May 17 to 25, 2005
Accompanied by Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attended events in Saskatchewan and Alberta to celebrate the centennial of the entry of Saskatchewan and Alberta into Confederation.


King George VI becomes the first British monarch to visit the U.S.

King George VI becomes the first reigning British monarch to visit the United States when he and his wife, Elizabeth, cross the Canadian-U.S. border to Niagara Falls, New York. The royal couple subsequently visited New York City and Washington, D.C., where they called for a greater U.S. role in resolving the crisis in Europe. On June 12, they returned to Canada, where they embarked on their voyage home.

George, who studied at Dartmouth Naval College and served in World War I, ascended to the throne after his elder brother, King Edward VIII, abdicated on December 11, 1936. Edward, who was the first English monarch to voluntarily relinquish the English throne, agreed to give up his title in the face of widespread criticism of his desire to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American divorcee.

During World War II, King George worked to keep up British morale by visiting bombed areas and touring war zones. George and Elizabeth also remained in bomb-damaged Buckingham Palace during the war, shunning the relative safety of the countryside, and George made a series of important morale-boosting radio broadcasts, for which he overcame a speech impediment.

After the war, the royal family visited South Africa, but a planned tour of Australia and New Zealand had to be postponed indefinitely when the king fell ill in 1949. Despite his illness, he continued to perform state duties until his death in 1952. He was succeeded by his first-born daughter, who was crowned Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953.


Queen Elizabeth’s Visit to Nigeria: History & Details

An important part of the history of Nigeria is her colonial story. Under colonialism and under the administration of Britain, the Queen (Queen Elizabeth) was the highest monarchical authority who was in control of government affairs. She carried out ceremonial functions in her position as head of state in the colonised Nigeria. She was also the monarch of the other common wealth realms, including the United Kingdom.

Even when Nigeria gained her independence in 1960, the Queen still held a high and important status in Nigeria. Queen Elizabeth was Queen of Nigeria from 1960-1963, the time between the nation&rsquos independence and when she became a republic. You can see now the reasons her visits to Nigeria were always with such great fuss.

During her reign as head of state and Queen of Nigeria, Queen Elizabeth visited Nigeria twice.

The first time was in 1956, from the 28 th of January to the 16 th of February, 1956. At the airport, she was welcomed by federal dignitaries which included the Minister for Labour and Welfare at the time, Festus Okotie-Eboh and Governor-General Sir James Robertson. She was driven around in a Rolls Royce in the country&rsquos capital, Lagos with lots of fun fare and royal services. She spent time in the Northern part of the country with the Sultan where she visited Kano and Kaduna. She also visited Jos and Enugu. The second time was when she attended the Common wealth Heads of Government meeting which was held between the 3 rd to the 6 th of December, 2003.

The 2003 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was the eighteenth meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations. It was held in Abuja, Nigeria and hosted by the then President, Olusegun Obasanjo.

During the meeting, the Zimbabwean issue was dominant. This was the dispute over Zimbabwe&rsquos suspension which led to another dispute over the re-election of Secretary-General Don McKinnon. Before the end of the meeting, Robert Mugabe&rsquos announced that Zimbabwe was withdrawing from the Commonwealth. This best explains the need for the presence of the Queen at the meeting. In a letter addressed towards the Nigerian President at the time, the Queen explained that her visit was a demonstration of the value Britain attached to its relations with Nigeria and recognition of the country&rsquos role on the international stage. Queen Elizabeth opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Abuja on Friday, 5th December. Herself and the Duke of Edinburgh (often referred to as Her Majesty and His Royal Highness respectively) also attended other events during the Meeting.

During the Queen&rsquos first visit in 1956, she went on a tour, known as the Queen&rsquos 1956 Tour of Nigeria and the following incidents took place

Queen Arrives In Lagos (1956)

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip received welcome in the Nigerian capital, Lagos at the very start of the Royal tour

Inauguration Of New Federal Courts (1956)

The Queen attended the inauguration of the new federal courts in Nigeria.

The Queen was at the Durbar also known as the Royal Durbar (1956)

At Kaduna, the then capital of Northern Nigeria, Queen attended a Royal Durbar

The Queen visited Kano (1956)

Queen Elizabeth And Duke Philip Visited Jos &ndash Tin Mines (1956)

Nigerian tribal canoes held a regatta for the Queen at Port Harcourt on the Ronny River after which she visited a Leper colony

Queen went on a tour in Enugu, Nigeria (1956)

When on the Royal tour, The Queen went on a visit to children&rsquos rally and a tribal dancing at Enugu, Nigeria.

In Lagos, Queen Elizabeth attended a garden party and a formal session of the Federation Parliament.

The life of Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth became queen following her father&rsquos death in 1952. She was 25 years old at the time and became the queen regent of seven independent Commonwealth countries which were the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka). Many of the colonial realms, to include Nigeria gained independence during the course of her reign. As of the year, 2018, Queen Elizabeth II has been ruling England for 66years and is currently the longest-reigning British monarch in history

The role of Queen Elizabeth in colonial Nigeria

British influence in Nigeria began with the prohibition of the slave trade to British subjects in 1807. In 1861, Britain incorporated Lagos and in 1884, the Oil River Protectorate was established. It was at the Berlin&rsquos conference of 1885 that other European powers acknowledged Britain&rsquos dominance over the Niger area.

From 1886 to 1899, much of the Niger area was ruled by the Royal Niger Company, authorized by charter, and governed by George Taubman Goldie. On 1 January 1900, the Royal Niger Company transferred its territories to the British government for the sum of £865,000 the Southern Nigeria Protectorate and Northern Nigeria Protectorate were then passed from the Royal Niger Company to the Crown. The constitutions after the world war were progressive and allowed for increased representation and electoral government by Nigerians. The colonial period in Nigeria was precisely from 1900 to 1960, after which Nigeria gained its independence.

Queen Elizabeth II was Queen of Nigeria forms 1960- 1963: Nigeria was an independent constitutional monarchy. She was also the monarch of the other commonwealth nations such as the United Kingdom.

Nigeria became independent on 1 October 1960 by a British Act of Parliament. Nnamdi Azikiwe was installed as Governor-General of the federation and Tafawa Balewa continued to serve as head of a democratically elected parliamentary. The Queen was head of state in Nigeria, though her constitutional roles were mostly delegated to the Governor-General of Nigeria. The Governor-General represented the British monarch as head of state and was appointed by the Crown on the advice of the Nigerian prime minister in consultation with the premiers of the regions. The Governor-General was also responsible for appointing the prime minister and for choosing a candidate when there was no parliamentary majority. Other than this, the Governor-General&rsquos office was essentially ceremonial.

The retention of the monarchy was not accepted by all and the political parties in Nigeria at the time agreed that the country should be a republic.

Nigeria adopted the President of Nigeria as head of state, on 1 October 1963 and hence, severed its relationship with the British monarchy.


'Downton Abbey': King George V, Queen Mary and the Real-Life Royal Visit That Inspired the Film

Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes&rsquo beloved British upstairs-downstairs drama, continues with an all-new film in theaters on Friday.

Picking up in 1927, just over a year after the show&rsquos sixth and final season, which ended on New Year&rsquos Day in 1926, the newest chapter in the franchise sees the return of the Crawley family and their servants as the Yorkshire country estate prepares for a visit by King George V and Queen Mary. (Catch up on everything you need to know about the series here.)

While the Crawleys and their servants are all fictional characters, their storylines have often interacted with real-life events -- from the sinking of the Titanic to the British general election of 1923 -- over the course of the series. And the royal visit is no different.

Here&rsquos what to know about the royal family, their real-life tour of England in 1927 and their connection to Queen Elizabeth II, who visited Highclere Castle, the setting for Downton.

King George V and Queen Mary

King George V and Queen Mary

Born George Frederick Ernest Albert on June 3, 1865, George V became king in 1910, after his father, Edward VII, died. His reign lasted for 26 years, until his own death at the age of 70 in 1936. His wife was Mary of Teck, whom he married in 1893 and later became the queen consort.

According to King George V: A Personal Memoir, he was widely liked and admired by the people of Britain and historian David Cannadine writes in the History in Our Time that he and Queen Mary were a virtuous and &ldquodevoted couple,&rdquo who upheld the values of British royalty.

During his reign, George V reignited &ldquothe custom of the traveling monarch,&rdquo which, according to the New York Times, was not something done in such earnest since Elizabeth I was queen. These visits not only took them around the world through England&rsquos vast colonial empire at the time, but also around the country as they connected firsthand with their people.

Now seen today as &ldquoroyal charm offensives,&rdquo the trips &ldquobrought the British monarchy into direct touch with the great industrial population of Wales, the Midlands and the north,&rdquo James Pope-Hennessy writes in Queen Mary, the royal&rsquos official biography.

In the film, they are portrayed by Simon Jones and Geraldine James, respectively. At the time of the visit, George V was 62 years old and Mary was 60. James says that getting to play the queen and experience that grandeur of how people bow, scrape and be polite was fascinating. Working with historical advisor Alastair Bruce, she had to learn all the specific details of being a royal, from how to hold a knife and fork during dinner to the way they spoke to others.

Mary, Princess Royal

While King George V and Queen Mary had a total of six children, only their daughter, Mary, is seen in the film.

Born on April 25, 1897, the young royal was largely out of the spotlight until the first World War, when she started visiting hospitals and other welfare organizations. Mary, who would eventually become a nurse in 1918, took an active role in several charities and launched the Princess Mary&rsquos Christmas Gift Fund, which, according to the Harewood House foundation, distributed £100,000 worth of gifts to British servicemen in 1914.

In 1922, at the age of 24, Mary married Viscount Lascelles, the 39-year-old elder son of Earl of Harewood. They had two sons, George and Gerald.

In the film, Mary, who would have been 30 years old at the time, is portrayed by Kate Phillips, while Andrew Havill is briefly seen as her husband, Lord Lascelles. While speaking with Digital Spy, Phillips described Mary as "quite a shy and modest character she draws on her inner-strength and personal struggles as a member of the royal family.&rdquo

The Royal Visit

Queen Mary and King George V surrounded by a crowd in Yorkshire during 1912 visit.

While the interactions with the Crawleys are fictional, the film is said to be inspired by two of the royal family&rsquos visits to Yorkshire, the home of Downton.

The first was in 1912, when the couple visited mining and industrial areas after coal miners went on a national strike. According to the Sun, their tour took them to Wentworth Woodhouse, where &ldquothey were treated to entertainment by Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova and dined on a 13-course dinner before enjoying an extravagant ball.&rdquo Like the film, when they arrive, they were met by thousands of onlookers and a parade as well as several public events.

The trip, however, overlapped with the Cadeby Main pit disaster, a coal mining disaster that killed 91 men, which led George V and Mary to visit the colliery and shake &ldquothe dirty hands of miners who had been recovering bodies all day and night,&rdquo the Sun reports.

The second visit in 1927 would have aligned with the fact that Princess Mary was living at Goldsborough Hall in North Yorkshire at the time, before later moving into the Harewood House. Fellowes says that allowed them to bring the royals into Downton Abbey&rsquos current timeline, following the finale set in 1926.

While there&rsquos plenty of characters and storylines to get through, producer Liz Trubridge says the film&rsquos key events that depict the royal visit are the preparations, the arrival, a lunch, a parade with the king inspecting the Yorkshire Hussars and a big royal dinner. The final act takes the royals and the Crawleys to Harewood for a huge ball only fit for the two aristocratic families.

Connection to Queen Elizabeth II

Mary of Teck with her grandchildren, Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and Prince Edward.

George V&rsquos successor was his and Mary&rsquos eldest son, Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne less than a year into his reign to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American woman who was deemed morally unacceptable by the Church of England. His departure left George VI, his brother and father to Elizabeth and Margaret, to take over the throne.

Meanwhile, the queen has visited Highclere Castle, the real-life stand-in for Downton as well as the former home of Henry George Reginald Molyneux Herbert, 7th Earl of Carnarvon. He was a close friend to Elizabeth, affectionately known as Porchie, and managed her racing horses before dying in 2001. According to Elite Daily, &ldquowhen Porchie was alive, the queen was known to take secret visits to the estate&rdquo to check out the horses stabled there.

While not in Downton Abbey, parts of these real-life events and people are depicted on The Crown, which recounts Queen Elizabeth II&rsquos reign.

Of course, there&rsquos no forgetting the time that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, visited the set of Downton Abbey in 2015. Eight-months pregnant at the time, Middleton was greeted by Fellowes, before taking a behind-the-scenes tour of the production and watching scenes being filmed in the servants&rsquo quarters.

Recalling her experience &ldquothe day the Princess came to set,&rdquo Michelle Dockery told Jimmy Fallon that it was nerve-wracking. &ldquoJoanne Froggatt, who plays Anna, and I were rehearsing a scene. And at that moment, she came on set and she was, you know, our audience,&rdquo she said, adding: &ldquoIt probably what it felt like for a court jester back in the day, performing for the Royals. So we were quite nervous. But she was just, you know, so charming and gracious and beautiful.&rdquo


HMS Vanguard in front of Table Mountain.png

HMS Vanguard in front of Table Mountain (via @tablemountainca)

A study of that Royal visit offers some insights into the politics of the day, social customs and history. I very much doubt that we would today go to the trouble of erecting an expensive brass commemorative plaque recording a royal visit. We are no longer monarchists, though we are once again part of the Commonwealth and the Queen is represented in South Africa by a High Commissioner and similarly a South African High Commissioner is the South African diplomatic representative in London.

Why did the Royal Family come to South Africa? It must have been a hugely expensive project and a logistical nightmare. I think the answer is because General Jan Smuts, who as Prime Minister extended the invitation, seemingly wanted to consolidate ties between South Africa and Britain. An additional reason could have been possibly to strengthen or maybe invent a South African national identity. Royalty was a particularly British institution and while there was ready resonance with the English speaking component of South Africa’s population, did royalty have the same meaning for Afrikaners, black Africans or South African Indians? What was Smuts thinking?

There was an election looming in 1948 and with hindsight, perhaps that Royal Visit was not such a smart political move. It is thought that Smuts’ closeness to the establishment during and after the Second World War was very much a factor in his electoral defeat just over a year later in May 1948, when the United Party was defeated by Malan and the Afrikaner Nationalists rose to power ushering in the long dark years of apartheid. The nationalists had very different ideas about social order, race and hierarchy and hence the coming of the apartheid state. The controversies of the day were the questions of human rights, race and segregation, the South African presence in South West Africa. The fascinating question is whether this Royal visit had negative consequences for South Africa and indeed there was some slippage between the issue of an invitation and the grand arrival in Cape Town.

What did the Royal visit achieve? In retrospect one can argue that it was a significant factor in costing Smuts and the United Party the 1948 election. But at the time it was seen as an opportunity to express good will and gratitude for the South African contribution to the Allied effort in the Second World War. Here was an opportunity to express patriotic feeling and monarchical fervour. We can argue that hereditary kingship was an essential glue that held the British Commonwealth and empire together. Could homage to King and Queen that symbolised those ties in wartime, not be extended into the peace time era. South Africa was a self-governing dominion but the King was the constitutional head of South Africa and one task was to open the 1947 session of the Union Parliament shortly after his arrival in Cape Town.

There’s an interesting article by Sarah Gertrude Millin (The Spectator, 19th June 1947). Millin was at that time a popular thinking author, an early admirer and biographer of Smuts. She wrote:

What, then, did the visit achieve? Principally it showed the physical possibility of a closer Union between the Dominions and England and one another. The King of England was quite simply opening the South African Parliament in his capacity as the King of South Africa. It may indeed have set going the conference system, an important accomplishment that would be. It sweetened the atmosphere of South Africa. Here came four Royal people from England - and they were not at all like the King's grandfather with his goodwill tours in Paris. They were modest, lovable, so anxious to please, so eagerly pleased, that it was almost painful to watch them doing their duty, and another duty, and still another duty, and a further duty, and anything anyone considered a duty - more, indeed, than was necessary for duty.

It is interesting that Millin puts her finger on the personal appearance of the couple that they were affable, modest, pleasing and easily pleased, carrying out their duties with dedication and commitment. They were a model King and Queen for a democratic age but with an empire trailing behind. It was an empire transitioning towards independence in the wake of the Second World War but with a future less clear at the time. Who better to make that transition than a modest second son king with a stammer and his slightly plump but feisty Scottish queen. The glamour factor was there too the queen and her daughters must have required an entire train coach to convey their wardrobe. They wore light colours, pastel shades, beautiful hats (the Queen's were often adorned with those floating ostrich feathers from Oudshoorn) long white gloves, stylist forties peep toe shoes, neat handbags and of course magnificent jewellery. The King on the other hand dressed for the occasion whether in uniform, business suit, robes of state or nifty knee length shorts for the safari moments. The paparazzi had not yet come of age but official photographers, newsreel cameramen and journalists did dutiful duty. It was all so consciously but rather low key in stylish demeanour the late forties fashion signalled a Britain coming out of war time austerity with dress designers such as Norman Hartnell (who designed the Queen’s Wedding dress later the same year) making do and being inventive. The Royal Tour of South Africa was the first post war peace time celebration of empire and an African perambulation. There were all the many photo moments and there must be thousands of photographs of the entire vist. In turn too, the King carried a camera to photograph the game of the Kruger Park and whatever other moments took his eye.

The Economist in an article in May of 1947, reflecting on the significance of the Royal Visit in the context of “a divided dominion” and the political as they saw it of the three big racial divides. Between the planning of the Royal visit and the actual commencement, South Africa had been criticised severely at the fledgling United Nations because of its attitude to South West Africa and to Indian civil rights at home. Among the Afikaner Nationalists, republicanism was also in the air. Malan was already airing his views about “apartheid” (a word not yet in the dictionary), but while some political leaders boycotted and made their disapproval known, royal charm, official pomp and circumstance and warm South African hospitality meant that the tour was a triumph for fashion, memory making, personal good will and harmony. The Economist article pontificated then as much as it does today, warning that a move towards the nationalists (it was already seen that the election could be won by Malan) could sacrifice South Africa’s international stature and status. Prophetic words indeed.

The Royal party arrived in Cape Town by battleship cruiser, the HMS Vanguard in Cape Town on February 17th. The Vanguard was the pride of the Royal Navy, it was the largest, fastest, newest battleship of its day, built during World War II but only commissioned after the war. The Vanguard served between 1946 and 1960 and cost over 11.5 million pounds. On this 1947 visit it carried a staff complement (officers and crew) of 1 975 men. Below is an impressive photo of the Royal Family with the crew. It strikes one as somewhat excessive and extravagant that nearly 2000 naval personnel were required to care for the four royals.


Royal tours

For those New Zealanders old enough to have experienced it, the visit of the young Queen and her dashing husband, Prince Philip, to New Zealand in the summer of 1953-54 is a never-to-be forgotten event.

The progress of the royal visit down the length of the country

Why was the royal visit of 1953/4 greeted with such enthusiasm by New Zealanders?

For many Māori the royal visit raised important issues about their place in New Zealand.

Memories from around the country of the 1953-54 royal tour to New Zealand

Recommended books and websites relating to the 1953-4 Royal Tour


1881 Prince Albert and Prince George (later King George V)

The only other royal visit during colonial times was in 1881 by Prince George and Prince Albert during their three-year tour of the British Empire visiting the Americas, the Falkland Islands, South Africa, Australia, Fiji, the Far East, Singapore, Ceylon, Aden, Egypt, the Holy Land and Greece between 1879 and 1882. You can read a compilation of Princes’ private journals, letters, and notebooks here.

Prince Albert and Prince George of Wales with Sir Arthur Kennedy and guests under the Traveller's Tree at Government House, 1881 [John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Negative number: 157359]

For the visit, a public holiday was declared, and Princes had many attractions arranged. One of them was a ride to One-tree Hill (Mt Coot-Tha). “Unfortunately, the day was too dull to admit of a good view from the summit, but, nevertheless, the city and suburbs, as well as the squadron at anchor in the Bay, could be plainly seen.” – reported The Brisbane Courier [10 August 1881, p.3]. Another one was a picnic at Enoggera Reservoir with about 220 guests invited. At the Brisbane Grammar School, Princes planted a Moreton Bay Fig tree in the school grounds to commemorate their visit to the colony. In their address, they referred to their uncle’s earlier visit in 1868 and his association with the foundation of the School.


Royal visit is history repeating

A VISIT by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with baby Prince George strongly echoes the visit of Princess Diana, Charles and William in 1983.

IT will be a case of history repeating itself when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - and baby Prince George - arrive in Australia next month.

The royals kick-off a 10-day tour of Sydney, Brisbane, Uluru, Adelaide and Canberra in April, with their "outdoorsy" itinerary including trips to the bilby enclosure at Taronga Zoo and bushfire-ravaged parts of NSW.

The visit, which should attract huge crowds eager to catch a glimpse of Prince George - who will be nine-months-old - only went ahead after the Queen gave permission for all three royals to travel together.

It&aposs usually against protocol for such senior members of the royal family to fly in one plane.

But the arrangements echo a visit to Australia by Prince William - also then aged nine months - with Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1983.

The world got its first real views of William, happily playing in romper suits and being cuddled by his parents, during that trip.

It will be Prince George&aposs first official outing, the Duchess of Cambridge&aposs first official trip to Australia and Prince William&aposs first visit down under since 2011.

After visiting New Zealand, the royals will arrive in Sydney on April 16 and head to the Opera House.

The party will then travel across the harbour to Admiralty House where they&aposll stay as guests of new Governor-General Peter Cosgrove.

Next day they&aposll travel to the Blue Mountains to meet bushfire-affected families.

The region, west of Sydney, is still recovering after major bushfires last October.

"This is a great sign that our plight hasn&apost been forgotten and that people understand that when the smoke clears the work doesn&apost go away," Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill told AAP.

"I know it&aposs something that the community of the Blue Mountains will deeply appreciate."

The royals will plant trees at an RAAF base in Amberley, Queensland and attend a Brisbane city reception.

They will go to Taronga Zoo and its bilby enclosure - named after Prince George as part of the nation&aposs gift following his birth.

The couple will visit Uluru, leaving Prince George with his nanny in Canberra.

In Adelaide, the Cambridges will visit the suburb of Elizabeth - named after the Queen in 1955 before returning to Canberra to visit the National Portrait Gallery and Parliament House.


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Royal Visit - History

After 800 years of allegience to the British crown, Jersey received a visit from the man who'll be wearing it next.

Jersey's celebrations of 800 years of allegience to the English Crown were given the Royal Seal of approval with a visit from Prince Charles on June 22, 2004.

HRH Prince Charles talking to the children of the Jersey Youth Theatre

The Prince of Wales arrived in the island in the afternoon and was met at the airport by the Lieutenant-Governor of Jersey, Sir John Cheshire, and the Bailiff, Sir Philip Bailhache.

Originally the Prince was supposed to visit Gorey for a dramatisation of the past 800 years as well as a special States sitting.

Due to the forecast bad weather, that managed to stay away for the duration of the first engagement, the venue was changed to St James Centre for the dramatisation and the States Chamber for the sitting.

On to Hautlieu

The Prince then moved on to officially open the £26 million new Hautlieu school and was greeted by staff, students and members of the Education, Sport and Culture Department.

Whilst at the school His Royal Highness was able to watch a dance rehearsal, an interactive history lesson and a short rehearsal of 'Guys & Dolls' before meeting the performers and signing Hautlieu's visitors book.

Needle time

On Albert Pier, named after his great-great-great-grandfather, the Prince Consort of Queen Victoria, Prince Charles unveiled the Golden Jubilee Needle, erected to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne in 1952.

Alongside the Needle he watched two local children, Mitchell Harris and Jack Heaney, bury a time capsule containing a range of items selected to reflect life in 2004 and the occasions of the Golden Jubilee and Jersey's 1204 celebrations.

The contents included a mobile phone, stamps commemorating the Jubilee from 2002, two special 1204 - 2004 £1 notes issued by Jersey's Treasury, a tape of Richard Perry (suggested by Mitchell), the Needle's architect, speaking about the sulpture and a Jack's toy truck.

Holographic Queen

At the Jersey Museum Prince Charles was charged with illuminating the world's first holographic portrait of the Queen. The unusual royal portrait was commissioned by the States to mark the 1204 - 2004 celebrations and has received considerable media attention from outside of the island.

The Prince of Wales' packed schedule was rounded off with a dinner, hosted by the Bailiff, in Highlands' Great Hall before spending the night at Government House the home of the Lieutenant-Govenor Sir John Cheshire.

We were with the Prince through every step of his visit around the island and will have compiled five photo galleries for you to look back on the 2004 Royal Visit.

As well as the Prince we caught as many of you who came along to watch the proceedings, so look out for yourself in our galleries and send the pictures to your friends and family.

Have your say

What did you think of the Royal Visit? Did you have the opportunity to meet the Prince during his time in the Island? What do you think about Jersey's allegiance to the Crown and our position as a Crown Dependancy?

Your Comments
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Martin I
I think Jersey should become fully integrated in the UK. With an MP and a devolved government like Scotland


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