Guernsey Welcomes New Lieutenant Governor

15th February 2022

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Author: Locate Guernsey

Lieutenant General Richard Cripwell CB CBE will be sworn in as the new Lieutenant Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bailiwick at a special sitting of the Royal Court which will be held in St James.

The post of Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, and before it, Governor, can trace its origins to Anglo-Norman history.

Although not a part of the United Kingdom, the Bailiwick of Guernsey has held the status of a Crown Dependency since Henry III granted the Channel Islands to his son, the future Edward I.

He stated that the islands may never be separated from the Crown, that no one may have any claim on them and that they should remain to the Kings of England forever.  Thus the legitimate King of England came to be the legally recognised ruler of the Channel Islands although the islands were never incorporated in to the United Kingdom.

Since medieval times, a Lieutenant-Governor has been appointed as the Sovereign’s representative in the Bailiwick and Lieutenant General Cripwell will be the 54th Lieutenant-Governor to be sworn in.

Following the ceremony, the Lieutenant Governor will lay two wreaths: the first at the RGLI memorial in the sunken garden and the second at the St Peter Port War Memorial at the top of Smith Street. A 15-gun salute will be fired from the Castle Cornet battery after the wreaths are laid.

These events will be preceded by a parade, marching from Government House to St James. The band and bugles of The Rifles will lead the march followed by a detachment from the Guernsey Troop of the Jersey Field Squadron Royal Engineers, along with the Guernsey Standards and Service veterans. A flypast from a Poseidon MRA1 is expected from 201 (Guernsey’s Own) Squadron RAF, which will approach from the direction of Herm and fly up the Grange (east to west) over the parade, before turning to fly past Alderney afterwards.

The Royal Air Force aircraft is named “Guernsey’s Reply” in honour of a Guernsey World War Two fighter pilot, Flight Lieutenant Herbert Machon OBE. ‘Herbie’ was evacuated at the start of the war, shortly before Guernsey was occupied by the German military, and went on to fly Spitfires for the RAF. In honour of his fellow islanders living under German occupation, he named his Spitfire “Guernsey’s Reply”.

We are delighted to welcome the new Lieutenant-Governor and his family to Guernsey as Queen Elizabeth II’s personal representative in the Bailiwick and hope to give them a warm Guernsey welcome they will always remember.

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