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From: Elaine <>
Subject: Re: [CI] The Royal Kingdom
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2005 00:47:23 -0800 (PST)
Hi David...this information can be found at www.royal,uk which is
the official royal website...Elaine
Situated 10 to 30 miles off the north-west coast of France, the
Channel Islands are not part of the United Kingdom. They are
dependent territories of the English Crown, as successor to the
Dukes of Normandy; the Islands were part of the Duchy of Normandy
when Duke William, following his conquest of England in 1066,
became William I.
In 1106, William's youngest son Henry I seized the Duchy of
Normandy from his brother Robert; since that time, the English
Sovereign has always held the title Duke of Normandy. By 1205,
England had lost most of its French lands, including Normandy.
However, the Channel Islands, part of the lost Duchy, remained a
self-governing possession of the English Crown; while the Islands
today retain autonomy in government, they owe allegiance to The
Queen in her role as Duke of Normandy. The Islands' links to their
Sovereign and their independence are shown in the Islands' Loyal
Toast to 'The Duke of Normandy, our Queen'.
The Channel Islands have two main administrative units, or
Bailiwicks, of Jersey and Guernsey. In each Bailiwick The Queen's
personal representative is the Lieutenant Governor, who since the
mid-eighteenth century has acted as the channel of communication
between the Sovereign and the Islands' government.
The Islands have their own legislative assemblies, as well as
their own administrative, fiscal and legal systems. They have wide
powers of self-government, although primary legislation passed by
the assemblies requires approval by The Queen in Council (Privy
The United Kingdom government is responsible for the defence and
international relations of the Islands, and the Crown is
ultimately responsible for their good government. In fulfilling
its responsibilities to the Islands, the Crown acts through the
Privy Council, on the recommendation of Ministers in their
capacity of Privy Counsellors.
On Thu Feb 03 21:35:12 PST 2005, David Everett Hinz
> I'm curious about the role of the Royal Kingdom
> and the Channel Islands? Recently we watched
> the pbs.org movie "Island at War". Are there
> designated investments? Maybe you can tell me
> something about this?
> Thank you.
> David E. Hinz
> PO Box 45531
> Seattle, WA 98145
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