Chaplain to HRH the Queen - The Rev Canon Paul Miller

Honary Chaplain to the Queen

An Honorary Chaplain to the Queen is usually an Anglican priest or a Church of Scotland Minister, so it was a great delight when the Rev Canon Paul Miller received a letter on 27 August 2005 extending an invitation from Her Majesty for Paul to accept the honour of the appointment.

He said, “My wife and I had enjoyed a day in London and visited Buckingham Palace the day before the letter arrived. I thought I must have left something behind! This is a privileged appointment and requires me to preach at the Chapel Royal at St James’ Palace once a year.  In addition, I am invited to the Royal Garden Party each year.”

There are some 36 Chaplains to the Queen and each of them is entitled to wear a scarlet cassock in recognition of their status. Paul said, “Once appointed, a Queen’s Chaplain remains in that appointment until the age of 70.  After that, we have to return our Badge of Office but may retain the scarlet cassock.  It is definitely a privilege and an honour.”

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