Queen honours senior members of the Kirk during her visit to Edinburgh

The Queen’s visit to Edinburgh last Thursday (3rd July 2014) had special significance for two eminent members of the Kirk when she invested The Very Reverend Dr Gilleasbuig Macmillan with the Insignia of a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KVCO).

The Very Reverend Dr Macmillan was received by the Queen at Holyrood Palace where he returned his badge of office as Dean of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle.

Taking over from him as Dean is former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Very Reverend Professor Iain Torrance (pictured centre) who said:

“I was truly delighted and was happy to be the first of Gilleasbuig’s colleagues to congratulate him. I know that many friends and admirers and people all across Scotland and beyond will take great pleasure in such a recognition of his many outstanding years of service. It is truly good to see Gilleasbuig so honoured.”

In response to the news, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend John Chalmers added his response:

“The members of the Chapel Royal in Scotland are delighted to learn of Her Majesty’s appointment of the Very Reverend Professor Iain Torrance as Dean of the Order of the Thistle. We know that Iain will feel greatly honoured and will be most diligent in his duties.”

The Queen was accompanied by the Princess Royal, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Knights of the Thistle service in St Giles’ Cathedral earlier in the day where Scotland’s highest honour was bestowed on Lord Smith of Kelvin, chair of the organising committee of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Earl of Home, former chairman of the bank Coutts & Co.