WHY THE PEO­PLE OF THE CHAN­NEL IS­LANDS ARE BRI­TISH

History Revealed - - BRITS UNDER OCCUPATION -

The the Bri­tain They French Chan­nel are at pos­ses­sions all, coast Is­lands but and yet are their are of ge­o­graph­i­cally the tech­ni­cally in­hab­i­tants Bri­tish crown not are clos­est part Bri­tish. gov­erned of to by un­der in­de­pen­dent the pro­tec­tion ad­min­is­tra­tions, of Bri­tain in while de­fence fall­ing and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions. They are made up of two self-gov­ern­ing Crown de­pen­den­cies – the Baili­wicks of Jersey and Guernsey (which in­cludes Alder­ney, Herm, Sark and other is­lands). This state of af­fairs goes back to 1066. The is­lands were owned by the Duchy of Nor­mandy – and when one of the dukes, Wil­liam, won at the Bat­tle of Hast­ings and be­came king, their own­er­ship came with him. The English crown also held Nor­mandy on the main­land un­til 1204. To this day, the Chan­nel Is­lands have their own le­gal, fi­nan­cial and ju­di­cial sys­tems, but the Bri­tish monarch is still Head of State.

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