The Queen gives Prince William a new title

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
·2-min read

It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for the royal family but the Queen is powering on with business as usual, bestowing her grandson Prince William with a new role.

Prince William has been appointed Lord High Commissioner to represent Her Majesty at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

The Queen and Prince William at Royal Albert Hall on November 7, 2015 in London, England.
The Queen has given Prince William a new title. Photo: Getty Images

According to the royal website, the Lord High Commissioner “attends as an observer and is appointed by Her Majesty on the advice of the Prime Minister”.

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“The Lord High Commissioner's role is to maintain the relationship between the State and the Church, and a long-standing tradition of appointing a Lord High Commissioner originated in the latter part of the 16th Century.”

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour on June 13, 2015 in London, England.
Prince William has been appointed Lord High Commissioner to represent Her Majesty at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Photo: Getty Images

Each year, the Queen appoints a Lord High Commissioner. Members of the royal family who have been given the role in the past include Princess Anne, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

While the Prince was actually given the role back in 2020, the General Assembly was cancelled in May due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In Scotland, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn.

Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the annual evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 8, 2016.
Each year, the Queen appoints a Lord High Commissioner. Members of the royal family who have been given the role in the past include Princess Anne, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Photo: Getty Images

When Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, he received the titles Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.

In 2008, the Queen appointed Prince William to be a Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter .

And in her Diamond Jubilee year, 2012, the Queen appointed Prince William to the Order of the Thistle.

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