The Duke of Cambridge had already been chosen for this ceremonial role last year but the General Assembly was cancelled last May due to the pandemic.
Kensington Palace has announced that the Queen has approved the appointment of Prince William as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland this year, reported Express UK.
The Lord High Commissioner is the personal representative of the sovereign to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. It is said that it reflects the Church's role as the national church of Scotland and the monarch's role as protector and member of the Church.
The Duke of Cambridge had already been chosen for this ceremonial role last year but the General Assembly was canceled last May due to the pandemic. It has been reported this year, it will take place at the Assembly Hall in Edinburgh from May 22. Pandemic protocols will be in place and most people will attend the event remotely. Those attending the General Assembly in person will be people running the proceedings, reporters, and those live streaming and recording the event.
The decision to confirm Prince William as Lord High Commissioner this year has been hailed by Rev Dr. George Whyte, the Principal Clerk of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. "We are honoured that her Majesty has once again appointed Prince William as Lord High Commissioner. We look forward to welcoming His Royal Highness to the General Assembly," he said, reported Express.
In the Queen's absence, other members of the Royal Family have been regularly appointed for this role including Prince Charles and Prince Edward. In 2017, Princess Anne was chosen for this role. The appointment of Prince William however was made on the advice of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The Scottish Government will be publishing the draft legislation for the holding of a second independence referendum and therefore this comes at a crucial time for the union, according to Express. It has also been reported that while the Queen continues to self-isolate at Windsor Castle and carries out her royal duties over the phone or via video link, Prince William has been carrying out engagements both remotely and in person. Most recently, he and Kate Middleton, visited an ambulance station in Newham, London, to renew their support to frontline workers and hear more about the kind of support they have available while fighting the coronavirus.