“The Queen has appointed Prince William as Lord Excessive Commissioner to the Normal Meeting of the @churchscotland this yr,” the palace mentioned in an announcement.
Prince William will maintain the brand new place for one yr. It is not going to have any impact on his present royal title because the Duke of Cambridge.
Based on Kensington Palace, the Lord Excessive Commissioner is accountable for attending the Normal Meeting of the Church of Scotland “as an observer,” along with the opposite obligations.
“The Lord Excessive Commissioner makes opening and shutting addresses to the Normal Meeting and reviews to Her Majesty on its proceedings. At some stage in the Normal Meeting, the Sovereign grants the Lord Excessive Commissioner permission to reside on the Palace of Holyroodhouse and, throughout this time, His or Her Grace receives a Guard of Honour, a 21-Gun Salute and the keys to the Metropolis of Edinburgh,” the assertion explains. “It is usually customary for the Lord Excessive Commissioner to ask distinguished friends to remain on the Palace, and to supply hospitality to Commissioners to the Meeting and those that have contributed to public life in Scotland.”
The assertion furthers: “Through the week of the Meeting, the Lord Excessive Commissioner attends the Meeting to watch the debates. She or he additionally carries out a program of engagements to mirror the work of charities and the Church.”
Prince William just isn’t the primary member of the British royal household to be appointed to this position. The Princess Royal, the Duke of Rothesay, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex have all beforehand held the title, in keeping with the assertion.
Apart from members of the royal household, Scottish figures are additionally appointed to the title primarily based on “advantage and their contribution to society,” the assertion mentioned.
The Duke of Cambridge’s appointment comes at a interval of transition for the royal household. Earlier this month, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle introduced their resolution to “step again” as senior members of the royal household. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced that they plan to earn their very own revenue and cut up their time between the UK and North America.
This week, Harry left the U.Ok. and traveled to Vancouver, Canada, to reunite with Meghan and their son, Archie, eight months.