Moderator joins the Queen at official Diamond Jubilee celebration
The Church of Scotland will be represented at a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the final day of the Queen’s official Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The Right Rev Albert Bogle, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, will join the Queen and 2,000 invited guests in London on Tuesday 5 June to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s reign.
Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne in 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI, but the coronation did not take place until more than a year later on 2 June, 1953.
By attending this historic event, Right Rev Bogle is following in the footsteps of former Moderator, Very Rev James Pitt-Watson, who presented the Queen with a Bible during her coronation ceremony and said: “To keep your Majesty ever mindful of the law and the Gospel of God... we present you with this Book".
The thanksgiving service is one of the Right Rev Bogle’s first high-profile engagements since he was sworn into the role of Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on Saturday 19 May, a role which he will fulfill for one year.
The Moderator said: “It is a great honour and a privilege, both for the Church of Scotland and for myself, to be invited to attend the thanksgiving service in St Paul’s. I am sure it will be a great occasion, and an appropriate way to recognise the exemplary way in which the Queen has conducted herself over all these years.”
A series of events will take place to mark the Diamond Jubilee, starting on Saturday 2 June and culminating three days later.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will preach at the St Paul’s service, which will be conducted by the Dean of St Paul's. A ‘Diamond Choir’ of children from around the UK will also sing a specially-composed song.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are then due to attend a short reception at Mansion House. Later in the day, the Royal Family will travel from Westminster Hall to Buckingham Palace by carriage, along a processional route. Shortly after they arrive they will appear on the balcony and an RAF fly-past will take place.