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.
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”.
“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.”
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.
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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