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Church of Scotland minister 'delighted' to be appointed chaplain to the Queen

by Alex Collett

A Church of Scotland minister has been appointed as chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen.

Rev Moira McDonald will formally join her Majesty's Household as a Chaplain-in-Ordinary today.

The minister of Corstorphine Old Parish Church in Edinburgh said she was "shocked" and "surprised" to be appointed to the prestigious role which dates back to the 15th century.

Rev McDonald told Premier Christian News: "I nearly fell off my seat…because this is something that I know happens to other people, but it seems something that doesn't really happened to me, but I am very delighted."

When asked what she thinks her role will entail, Rev McDonald said: "My understanding is that will be I'm a chaplain to the royal household. 

"So when I think when a member of the royal family is north of the border, then we look after them."

There are ten chaplains to the Queen in Scotland and each normally holds office until the age of 70.

The chaplains, along with a physician, a surgeon, an apothecary, a sculptor, an astronomer, a historiographer and some others form part of Her Majesty's household.

 The Queen is also served by her two domestic Royal Chaplains, the ministers of Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh and Crathie Kirk near Balmoral Castle.

All chaplains are all personally chosen by the Queen and are people in whom she has placed her trust. 

The Queen's sent a personal thank you to the nation after the four days of Platinum Jubilee celebrations took place.

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