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Queen appoints Scottish minister as personal chaplain
Her Majesty the Queen has chosen a distinguished Church of Scotland minister as one of her new personal chaplains.
Rev George Cowie of South Holburn Church, Aberdeen, has joined the Queen's household as a Chaplain-in-Ordinary.
The 53 year old, who has been a parish minister for 26 years, said: "I felt surprised, humbled and honoured to be offered this appointment as a Chaplain to the Queen in Scotland."
According to The Church of Scotland, Cowie's new prestigious role dates back to the 15th century and is today largely a ceremonial honour.
Chaplains take part in formal state occasions and conduct services at special national events.
There are ten Chaplains to the Queen in Scotland, who hold office until the age of 70.
Very Rev Prof Iain Torrance, Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland, said: "I am truly delighted that The Queen has appointed George Cowie to this trusted role.
"He was a Clerk to the Presbytery of Aberdeen when it was going through a difficult time.
"George's fairness, integrity and pastoral commitment shone through.
"He is respected throughout the Church and I am delighted to see him recognised and honoured by the Queen."
Cowie will be officially installed at a special service in Aberdeen later in the year.
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