Prince William appointed as Lord High Commissioner to the 2020 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

Prince William has been appointed as the Lord High Commissioner to the 2020 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Prince William
Prince William will be the Lord High Commissioner at this year's General Assembly. Photo from Kensington Palace.

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 16-22 of May 2020, Prince William 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 across Scotland.

Last year His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch attended the General Assembly as the Lord High Commissioner, serving in the role for the second time.

Her Majesty The Queen came in person to the General Assembly in 1969 and 2002.

Previous members of the Royal Family to be appointed to the role include HRH Prince Charles, HRH The Earl of Wessex and most recently HRH The Princess Royal in 2017.

Rev Dr George Whyte, the Principal Clerk of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland said: "We are honoured that her Majesty has appointed Prince William as Lord High Commissioner.

"We look forward to welcoming His Royal Highness to the General Assembly."