HRH the Princess Royal appointed High Commissioner to the General Assembly 2017

The UK Government announced today that the Princess Royal is appointed as Her Majesty’s High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2017.

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The Princess Royal, The Earl of Wessex, The Duke of York and The Prince of Wales in procession to St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle for the annual service of the Order of the Garter. This was the first occasion on which all four of Queen Elizabeth's children had attended the Garter Service, following the appointment of the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex to the Order in April 2006. Photo: Philip Allfrey.

The release says:

"The Queen has approved that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, KG, KT, GCVO, GCStJ, GCL, CD be appointed as Her Majesty’s High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2017."

Very Rev Dr John Chalmers, Principal Clerk of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, welcomed the appointment saying:

“We are delighted with the news that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has been appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of 2017.

“Her Royal Highness served as Lord High Commissioner in 1996 and we look forward to her returning to the General Assembly next year.”

The High Commissioner is the Sovereign’s personal representative to the Annual General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. She attends the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on behalf of the Sovereign. She makes the opening and closing addresses to the Assembly, and carries out a number of official functions as the High Commissioner.