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Charles praises Jersey's loyalty
Prince Charles
Prince Charles illuminated new portrait of the Queen
Prince Charles has thanked the people of Jersey for renewing their loyalty to the Crown.

He was speaking at a special States sitting to mark the island's 800 years of allegiance to the Crown.

Torrential rain washed out parts of the Prince of Wales's plans.

Earlier the Bailiff, Sir Philip Bailhache, described the relationship with the Crown as a golden thread woven through the fabric of the island's administration.

The island of Jersey is held in deep affection by Her Majesty
Prince Charles
He said: "Our loyalty does not lie to the parliament at Westminster; our loyalty does not even lie to England, nor to the United Kingdom.

"Our loyalty lies to the Crown, by which we mean the monarch.

"Loyalty to the Crown is the lifeblood that flows not just through the body politic, but through the Royal Court and through the whole of the public administration."

Organisers abandoned a special outside sitting of the States of Jersey due to be held at cliff top castle Mont Orgueil in Gorey.

The ceremony to celebrate 800 years of the island's allegiance to the Crown was held inside the States Chamber in St Helier instead.

Teachers praised

The Prince said he hope the celebrations throughout the year would be happy and joyous occasions and delivered a message to islanders.

He said: "The Queen has asked me to express Her Majesty's thanks for the renewed pledge of loyalty to the Crown which has been made on behalf of the States and the people of Jersey.

"Also to say the island of Jersey is held in deep affection by Her Majesty."

Prince Charles also illuminated his mother's new portrait - the first official hologram of the Queen which was created by artist Chris Levine.

And he opened a new building at Hautlieu School in St Saviour where he praised the teachers and students and unveiled a plaque.

The Prince said: "They dance and they sing and they seem to be brilliant at all these subjects they're doing, which obviously shows that the quality of the teaching must be pretty high as well as the quality of the pupils."

The Prince is spending two days on the Channel Islands to celebrate their eight centuries of loyalty to the monarchy.

In 1204, King John of England lost his possessions in Normandy but the Channel Islands decided to remain loyal to the English king rather than become part of their nearer neighbour, France.

He is visiting Guernsey, Alderney and Herm on Wednesday.

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