Royal visitors confirmed for Liberation 75 celebrations

The Channel Islands will welcome two royal visitors for the 75th anniversary of Liberation.

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will visit Jersey, Guernsey and Sark's respective ceremonies.

The Duke of Gloucester is Her Majesty The Queen’s first cousin and the grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary.

His Royal Highness (HRH) The Duke of Gloucester is also the Royal Honorary Colonel to the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers Regiment which is the parent unit of the Jersey Field Squadron.

Jersey, like Europe, is marking a milestone anniversary in our history. In particular, for those Islanders who directly experienced The Occupation or/and evacuations, this day will be very important. We are therefore delighted to hear of the planned visit by Their Royal Highnesses who will attend on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen on this special Liberation Day.

Mr Timothy Le Cocq, Bailiff

The Duke and Duchess visited Jersey as a couple in 1978. Most recently, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester visited Jersey in 2004 to open the new Westmount Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre at Overdale, visit the Jersey War Tunnels, and attend the Great Ormand Street Hospital Jersey Appeal Ball at Hotel de France.

His Royal Highness was last in Jersey in 2012 and visited Elizabeth Castle and celebrated the transfer of the St John Ambulance Commandery to Jersey.

As for Guernsey, The Duke visited in 1980, 1994 and 2012. The Duchess visited in 1992, when she also went to Sark.