"HM The Queen opens RJA & HS Headquarters"

On Friday 13th July 2001, HM Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to Jersey, and during the afternoon she formally opened the new headquarters of the Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society. The pictures below are just the first of many that we hope to publish of this very auspicious event....so please keep coming back to visit the site to see the latest photos that we have been able to process.

Her Majesty, who is Patron of the Society, toured the new facilities which for that day housed a Rural Exhibition, and was escorted around by Society President, Lewis J. Rondel. The Queen stopped at numerous stands and spoke to many people who were representing their organisations. Many thousands of Islanders flocked to the premises to try to catch a glimpse of the Queen and Prince Philip, and they were not disappointed during the 45 minutes that the Royal couple spent with the agricultural community of the Island.

HM The Queen unveiling the opening stone - this was taken from a photo published in the Jersey Evening Post of Saturday 14th July. Due to gangs of press photographers obscurring the view from where we were standing, we did not see this ceremony. We will try to obtain a better picture from someone who was closer to the happenings!!
The opening stone - full shot + closeup

Signatures of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh are the first entries in the RJA & HS Visitors' Book

The entrance and the foyer were "as pretty as a picture" - members of the Horticultural Department had spent many hours providing a magnificent floral display

The bronze Jersey cow took pride of place in the Exhibition Hall - this fine specimen of the breed is just one of a group of four Jerseys by renowned artist John McKenna that will be unveiled in September 2001 in Wests Centre, St. Helier to celebrate "2001 The Year of the Jersey"

The President welcomes Her Majesty to the RJA & HS

Anne Perchard MBE discusses the sculpture with the Queen
Technical details of the sculpture are explained by John McKenna, the sculptor

RJA & HS member Suzanne Le Feuvre is presented to the Queen - Suzanne had planned and built the Société Jersiaise stand, and was being assisted by Jean Arthur, also a Society member
Suzanne & Jean discuss the activities of the Société Jersiaise with the Queen, whilst RJA & HS Junior Section member Vicki Le Feuvre looks on

The Queen is presented with a pen and ink drawing of a Jersey cow by 5 year old Charlee Hutchison - a Jersey cow is traditionally presented to the Monarch when they visit Jersey, but because of the foot-and-mouth restrictios currently in place, an animal will not be chosen and delivered to Windsor for several more months
Andrew Le Gallais, Chairman of the Jersey Milk Marketing Board, talks with the Duke of Edinburgh about the range of products produced by Jersey Milk

Large crowds of Society members and the general public came along to witness the opening of the new building

"Some photos of the stands in the Rural Exhibition"

The Countryside Panel
Société Jersiaise

Jersey Milk Marketing Board
Department of Agriculture & Fisheries

Battle of Flowers Association
Jersey Tourism

Cow Parade
A "Country Party" was held in the evening to celebrate the opening of the new HQ - a spit roast was served by the Jersey Drag Hunt, and live music from "Arizona" with line-dancing and disco by "Caz" entertained hundreds of country folk

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