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

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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
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.

Jersey 1204 - 2004
Jersey 1204 - 2004

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.

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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?

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