WHY THE PEOPLE OF THE CHANNEL ISLANDS ARE BRITISH
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.