Proclamation of sovereigns

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Edward VII proclamation, 1901

Jersey has always been intensely proud of its direct association with the Kings and Queens of England, and whenever a sovereign dies and a successor accedes to the throne a ceremony is held in the Royal Square to proclaim the new monarch.

Charles II

The most famous proclamation was that of King Charles II in 1649. Following the execution of his father, Charles I, the Parliamentary Government made it clear that there were to be no proclamations. Jersey's States, staunchly Royalist at the time, ignored the warning and went ahead and proclaimed Charles II King.

George II

King George II was proclaimed on 22 June 1727. The Proclamation Procession assembled near the Town Church between 11 o'clock and noon and then marched to the Royal Square. A company of the Militia Cavalry led the way, followed by a detachment of the Fusiliers of the Town Regiment; the Officers of the English garrison led by their commanding officer, Captain John Sykes; the Advocates, the Viscount carrying the Proclamation, the Law Officers, Denonciateur Dumaresq carrying the Royal Mace, flanked on both sides by a guard of halberdiers; the Lieut-Governor Col Magnus Kempenfelt; Lieut-Bailiff Joshua Pipon, the twelve Jurats, twelve Rectors and twelve Constables; a number of gentlement of the island and a company of the Town Regiment and a detachment of the Militia Cavalry bringing up the rear.

The procession took a circuitous route to the Market Square (not yet renamed the Royal Square) proceeding via Snow Hill, Queen Street and King Street to Charing Cross, where the old prison straddled the road, Broad Street and what is now Library Place, to enter the square next to the Town Church before drawing up in front of a pedestal where the statue of George II now stands.

The Viscount mounted the pedestal and read the Proclamation before calling out Vive Le Roy, Georges, after which there were three cheers for the new King and a salute was fired from Elizabeth Castle as well as three volleys by the Cavalry and Fusiliers.

Elizabeth II

The most recent proclamation was that of the present Queen on 9 February 1952. There were no serving soldiers to form the procession so it was made up of detachments of the Jersey Sea Cadet Corps, the Victoria College Combined Cadet Force, the Militia Band and a detachment of the British Legion


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