鶹 could get public holiday for visit by King and Queen

The King and Queen. (38334245)

KING Charles III and Queen Camilla’s visit to 鶹 next month could be marked by a public holiday.

The government has announced that it will lodge a draft amendment that – if approved in the States Assembly – would give many Islanders the day off for the royal visit on 15 July.

Chief Minister Lyndon Farnham said: “The visit of Their Majesties is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our long-standing and loyal relationship with the Crown, and we are proposing a public holiday to mark this special occasion and to enable as many Islanders as possible to enjoy the day.”

The King’s visit is the first by a ruling monarch since Queen Elizabeth came to 鶹 in 2005.

Their Majesties will attend a special sitting of the States Assembly and the Royal Court in the Royal Square. They will then head to a large-scale open air expo at Weighbridge Place and Liberation Square which the government says will “showcase the best of 鶹”.

Following their trip to 鶹, the King and Queen will then travel to Guernsey, with the island also today announcing its plans for a public holiday on the 16 July to mark the occasion.

The government said the draft amendment followed consultation with the Bailiff’s Consultative Panel, and the Comité des Connétables.

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