Honorary Chaplain to the Queen
An Honorary Chaplain to the Queen (QHC) is a member of the clergy within the United Kingdom who, through long and distinguished service, is appointed to minister to the monarch of the United Kingdom. When George VI reigned, Honorary Chaplains were known as Honorary Chaplains to the King (KHC). As of 2008 there are 33 appointees. They are also known as Honorary Chaplains to the Sovereign.
Honorary Chaplains wear a scarlet cassock and a special bronze badge consisting of the royal cypher and crown within an oval wreath. The badge is worn below medal ribbons or miniature medals during the conduct of religious services on the left side of the scarf by chaplains who wear the scarf and on academic or ordinary clerical dress by other chaplains.
Ten ministers of the Church of Scotland are appointed as Chaplains to the Queen in Scotland.
Notable Honorary Chaplains to the Queen
- Gavin Ashenden, was a QHC from 2008 to 2017; he then resigned from the Church of England in protest and was made a bishop in the Christian Episcopal Church
- Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who delivered a prayer at the Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and also serves as Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons
- Mary Levison, in 1991 she became first woman to hold the position of QHC in her role as a minister of the Church of Scotland
- Marion Mingins, first woman to become an Anglican QHC
- Acronym website
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- London Gazette 27 October 1989
- "Obituary: Rev. Mary Levison, minister of the Church of Scotland". www.scotsman.com. Retrieved 2019-06-26.