King and Queen visit Jersey and Guernsey after liberation, 6/8/1945

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King and Queen visit Jersey and Guernsey after liberation, 6/8/1945 - ISLANDS ;GREET THE KING Cheering Crowds FINAL...
ISLANDS ;GREET THE KING Cheering Crowds FINAL SYMBOL OF LIBERATION In glorious sunshine the King and Queen stepped ashore at St. -Helier. Jersey, yesterday to visit the newly freed Channel Islands. They made the passage from England in the cruiser Jamaica, which flew from her mast the Royal Standard, the red flaa with the gold anchor that is the King's banner as Lord High Admiral of England, and the Union Jack to signify his presence as an Admiral of the Fleet. ' Islanders in Jersey had been awaiting the Royal visit since Wednesday morning and went wild With delight when they sighted the ship in the distance and knew that " their Duke "the King is always known in the islands as the Duke of Normandy and his Queen were coming jjmong them. The visit was the final symbol of the liberation of these islands, the oldest possession of the British Crown in Europe. The Jamaica fired a 21-gun salute as she reached the anchorage and the ship's band played the National Anthem as the King and Queen went ashore. They drove round Jprsov m n car for an hour. In the State Chamber the King made a speech and received an address. Everyone in the island turned out to cheer, and flags were everywhere. Before lunch at Government House the Kins gave the Military Cross to the parents of the late Major v inehaU. "YEARS OF TRIAL " At St. Helier the King, expressing his great joy that the islanders were restored to freedom and to their ancestral relationship with the Crown after a long period of suffering, said : " There is much to be done before your island can regain its former prosperity, but I am confident that by your endeavours, which will have the fullest support of my Govern ment, the destruction wrought by the enemy will soon be repaired and our fields restored to the abundance for which they have so long been famous. Our thoughts have often been with you in your years of trial, and the Queen and I are deeply moved by your heartfelt expression of welcome." The Bailiff, in a loyal address from the Assembly of the island, had welcomed the King and Queen. The island was profoundly grateful for the aid and succour so promptly and in such generous measure brought by the armed forces " with whom there have been established during the short interval since their arrival relations of the utmost harmony and goodwill," and the Assembly was confident that the island would soon be, restored to its former prosperity. GUERNSEY'S GRATITUDE At Guernsey, to which they travelled bv air, the King said that he had felt deeply for his people in Guernsey and Sark throughout their long years under enemy occupation. " Only a few weeks have passed since my forces landed in your island and I can already see evidence of the hard work which has been done by the members of my forces and the inhabitants of the island to repair the damage done by the enemy and to prepare the way for you to regain your former wellbeing." The King and Queen left Guernsey in a Transport Command 'plane yesterday evening to return to England. They flew with aa escort of Spitfires. The King and Queen arrived at Nort-holt Aerodrome on their return from the Channel Islands and drove to Buckingham Palace. United U-boats : With now Beginning a communications, materials. 1942, the U-boats Most air from by But the technicians, factory the last can end council council convened the

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  1. The Guardian,
  2. 08 Jun 1945, Fri,
  3. Page 5

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