Duke of Cambridge handed new role by Queen as brother starts new life in Canada

The Duke of Cambridge has been handed a new role by the Queen as his brother prepares to step back from the royal family.

Prince William has been made the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland by the Queen, while the Duke of Sussex begins a new life in Canada.

Harry and Meghan are dropping their HRH styles and will raise their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor mostly in Canada.

The Duke made an emotional speech last weekend, saying he had “no other option” but to give up his role.

Two days later, the royal couple issued a legal warning to the media after paparazzi shots of Meghan walking her dogs with baby Archie in Vancouver, reportedly taken by photographers hiding in bushes, were published in various outlets.

Meanwhile, the Duke of Cambridge steps up to be the sovereign’s personal representative to the annual General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending a church service at St Mary the Virgin Church in Hillington, Norfolk, eastern England, on January 19, 2020. - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy. The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending a church service at St Mary the Virgin Church in Hillington, Norfolk, eastern England, on January 19, 2020. – Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy. The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple’s shock resignation from front-line royal duties. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

The Lord High Commissioner role was established in the 1707 Act of Union between England and Scotland, and the Queen pledged to continue it during the first Privy Council meeting of her reign in 1952.

Prince William will make the opening and closing addresses to the Assembly, as well as carrying out official visits across Scotland.

The Church of Scotland is a Presbyterian church and recognises only Jesus Christ as “King and Head of the Church”, so the Queen will attend services as an ordinary member.

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge welcome guests at a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit, in London, Britain January 20, 2020. Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS© Thomson Reuters Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge welcome guests at a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit, in London, Britain January 20, 2020. Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS

The Queen appoints a figure to the role every year, and previous royal family members who have taken it on include the Princess Royal, the Duke of Rothesay, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.

The General Assembly, which comprises 850 commissioners, meets each May, generally in Edinburgh.  

During the period it convenes, the Lord High Commissioner is given permission to stay at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

He or she traditionally receives a Guard of Honour, a 21-Gun Salute and the keys to the City of Edinburgh.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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