Queen appoints the Duke of Buccleuch as Lord High Commissioner

The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry has been appointed as the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly in 2018.

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The appointment was confirmed in an announcement from the Prime Minister's office, which stated:

“The Queen has approved that His Grace Richard Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott, The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, KBE, DL, FSA, FRSE, be appointed as Her Majesty’s Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2018.”

President of the charity St Andrew’s First Aid, His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensbury is a prominent Scottish landowner and chairman of the Buccleuch Group which manages thousands of acres of estates from Northamptonshire to the Scottish Borders, with a focus on tourism, hospitality, forestry and sustainable development.

The Lord High Commissioner is the Sovereign's personal representative to the annual General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. During General Assembly week from the 19-25 of May 2018, the Duke of Buchleuch will attend on behalf of the Sovereign. He will make the opening and closing addresses to the Assembly, as well as carrying out official visits.

Last year HRH The Princess Royal attended the General Assembly as the Lord High Commissioner, serving in the role for the second time.

In 2018, the General Assembly will begin on May 19, coinciding with the marriage of Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle, which will take place in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in England.