Moderator welcomes Royal engagement

The Moderator of the General Assembly has welcomed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement.

Right Rev Dr Derek Browning said: “At this good news of a royal engagement, I am delighted to express every good wish and blessing.

“The power of good, strong, respectful relationships is a benefit not only to the couple but also to families and the wider community.

“I wish the happy couple a long and joyful marriage, with lots of laughter, fun and delight.”

Queen Chaplain
Dressed in black, Dr Browning is pictured with the Queen's Chaplains. Professor Torrance is standing on his left.

Very Rev Professor Iain Torrance, Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland, said: “We are truly delighted to see their joy and the way they so obviously support each other.

“We wish them very many years of happy married life together.”

There are 10 Chaplains to the Queen in Scotland, who hold office until the age of 70.

The Church of Scotland has two domestic Royal Chaplains, the ministers of Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh and Crathie Kirk near Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire.

The Chaplains, along with a physician, a surgeon, an apothecary, a sculptor, an astronomer, an historiographer and some others form part of Her Majesty's Household in Scotland.

The prestigious role dates back to the 15th century and is today largely a ceremonial honour with chaplains taking part in formal state occasions and conducting services at significant national events.

Chaplains are all personally known to the Queen and are people in whom she has placed her trust.