19th July 2012

Prince Charles and Camilla visit Guernsey

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall had originally planned to spend just a single day in Guernsey in July 2012 celebrating the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. In the end, they spent two after the trip was extended so they could visit some of the other islands in the Bailiwick.

When the royal couple’s full itinerary was released just over a week in advance of their 2012 visit, they were scheduled to stop at Guernsey, Alderney, Herm and Sark, flying back and forth between them by helicopter.

Four-island schedule

After arriving at Guernsey Airport, they started their tour at Saumarez Park with a tour of the walled garden and greenhouse. Prince Charles tried his hand at plate spinning as part of a circus skills workshop. From Saumarez Park, they proceeded to open the £4m Les Bourgs Hospice, which had been welcoming residents since the beginning of the year. Finally, they attended a ceremony affirming the Bailiwick’s allegiance to the crown at Castle Cornet, which had been closed for two days for preparations.

They flew to Herm that afternoon to meet the tenants, John and Julia Singer.

Their second day was spent on Sark and Alderney. They unveiled a plaque and visited both Island Hall and the Seigneurie while on Sark, and viewed an exhibition of paintings on Alderney.

The trip was Prince Charles’ fifth visit to the Bailiwick of Guernsey, after two in 1976, one in 1995 and another in 2004. In 1995, he had unveiled the Liberation Monument in St Peter Port to celebrate the end of the Occupation 50 years earlier. It was the first time he had been accompanied by Camilla.


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Other events that occured in July

Guernseyman Edward Tupper killed by cannibals 1st
Alderney is occupied by German forces 2nd
Seigneur of Sark, Michael Beaumont, dies aged 88 3rd
Guernsey hosted the Island Games 2003 closing ceremony 4th
New coins are minted for Guernsey 5th
Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Museum opens 6th
Victor Hugo statue is unveiled in Candie Gardens 7th
First Commando raid of the Second World War 8th
Birth of Sark-based writer Mervyn Peake 9th
Guernsey nurses go on hunger strike 10th
ITV broadcasts first episode of Island at War 11th
A Guernsey man posted himself to Sark 12th
Murderer Peter Robin sentenced to death 13th
Victor Hugo plants his United States of Europe oak 14th
Point Law runs aground off Alderney 15th
Racing yacht Westward is blown up off Guernsey
BBC made its first ever Channel Islands broadcast 16th
The Star received some “grave” news 17th
The Guernsey Martyrs were burned at the stake 18th
Prince Charles and Camilla visit Guernsey 19th
President Garcia is re-floated in Saints Bay 20th
Typhoid suspect holidaymaker flies home 21st
Guernsey Controlling Committee’s Sir John Leale died 22nd
Alderney to Guernsey radio connection established 23rd
Val des Terres was first opened for traffic 24th
The BBC broadcasts from Sark for the first time 25th
Guernsey court escapee was caught again 26th
Braye du Valle was gifted by the crown 27th
Murderer sentenced to death in three hours 28th
Guernsey bought Herm from the mainland 29th
Albert Lamy appointed Guernsey Police Chief Officer 30th
Guernsey to Jersey plane crashed into the sea 31st