Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is a county and the largest island in
England, located in the English Channel, on average about 2–5 miles
(3–7 km) off the coast of the county of Hampshire, separated from
the mainland by a strait called the Solent. The island has many
resorts which have been holiday destinations since Victorian times.
The island has a rich history, including a brief status as an
independent kingdom in the 15th century. Until 1995, like Jersey and
Guernsey, the island had its own Governor—most notably Lord
Mountbatten from 1969 to 1974, after which he became Lord Lieutenant
until his assassination in 1979.