Scrapbook of King George V's visit to Jersey

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The scrapbook was put inside the cover of the official programme of the visit which went on sale to the public. This picture shows clippings of letters to the editor of the Evening Post complaining that more people would not be able to attend the luncheon held to welcome the King and Queen

Although the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Jersey on 12 July 1921 did not require the level of security and advance planning required for Royal Visits in the 21st century, it was nevertheless the subject of meticulous preparations co-ordinated by Government House.

After the visit, only the second official visit ever made to Jersey by a reigning monarch - the first was by the King's grandmother, Queen Victoria, in 1846 - a scrapbook was compiled at Government House as a record of the visit, combining elements from the advance preparations, pictures of the visit, newspaper cuttings and other memorabilia.

It is interesting that the cover used for the scrapbook was the same as that printed for the official programme, which went on sale to the public before the visit.

The scrapbook includes the King's letter of thanks to the Lieut-Governor of Jersey, Major General Sir William Douglas Smith, written on the Royal Yacht, Victoria and Albert, a menu for the dinner the King hosted on the yacht, signed by him and Queen Mary, the programme for entertainment on the yacht and the seating plan for the lunch hosted by the States at Government House.

Letter of thanks

This is the text of the letter written by the King after his departure from Jersey:

"My dear Lieutenant-Governor,
At the close of our delightful visit to Jersey I wish to congratulate you, the Bailiff, the Connétables and all who have cooperated, upon the succesful results of the careful and well thought out plans for today's programme.
It was a great pleasure to the Queen, my daughter and myself to meet the people of Jersey and to become acquainted with their daily life and beautiful surroundings.
We have been truly moved by the genuine and heartfelt welcome with which we have been received wherever we went.
The good temper and cheerful disposition of the crowds rendered easy the duties of the Police and Special Constables - with whose smart appearance I was much impressed.
Not only were the streets of the various parishes gaily and artistically decorated; but almost every individual house showed signs that the occupants wished to join in the general outward display of goodwill, which was most gratifying to us.
The Queen and I were very glad that ample opportunities were given us to see the Ex-Service men and women, who have won a high name for themselves in their native land.
The grouping of the children of the State Schools under their Teachers was most effective, and indeed a special feature of our visit.
I was pleased to notic the zeal and keenness displayed by the members of the various boy organisations: and my daughter tells me that the Girl Guide Movement is making good progress in the Island.
We shall ever remember our experiences of the last two days: but above all we shall carry away the happiest memory of the affection and loyalty of my Norman subjects.
Yours sincerely
George RI"
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