Prince William praises Church for ‘re-inventing itself’ during ‘difficult time’

William was made Lord High Commissioner to the general assembly of the Church of Scotland by the Queen in January. 

He was due to attend the assembly’s week-long event next month but following the COVID-19 outbreak, the event was cancelled. 

However, the Duke of Cambridge has praised the church for how it has changed its approach to reaching its parishioners amid the outbreak. 

Due to the social distancing measures in place, churches across the country have been forced to close their doors. 

However, ahead of Easter Sunday churches have found new ways to reach the public, with many now holding services online. 

The Duke wrote to the Right reverend, Colin Sinclair to show his appreciation amid a challenging time. 

He said: “As we approach Easter, I wanted to acknowledge how difficult a time this must be for the Church of Scotland and your Ministries.


“You have had to close your churches at the very moment when you normally come together, and when your communities need you the most.

“It is heartening to see how the Church of Scotland, like so many other faith communities across the country, is re-inventing itself digitally to continue providing worship, support and guidance for your congregations.

“I have no doubt that this support, as well as other means of offering help, is hugely appreciated at this extremely challenging time, particularly by the elderly, vulnerable, those economically affected and of course those who have so tragically lost family and friends.

“I am sure that this continuing connection and support will be particularly welcomed this Easter weekend.”

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William was scheduled to deliver the opening and closing speeches at the event which is attended by hundreds of people. 

William added: “It is sad but understandable that the pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

“As you know, I was very much looking forward to spending a week in Scotland this May as Lord High Commissioner.

“I know how much work goes into preparing for the General Assembly week, and I wanted to pass on my thanks to all involved.

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“Please pass on my warmest wishes to all Ministers, Elders and Members of the Church of Scotland, who I know are working tirelessly to serve their communities in the most difficult of circumstances.”

In response, Reverend Sinclair praised the Duke for his concern and support. 

He said: “As we approach Easter I was delighted to receive as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland a letter from Prince William, the Earl of Strathearn.

“His Royal Highness was due to be Lord High Commissioner at this year’s General Assembly, before it had to be cancelled because of Covid 19.

“The Church of Scotland is sorry not to be able to welcome him back to Scotland, where he went to University, but we appreciate him taking time to write to us and are grateful for his interest, concern and support.”

On Wednesday, William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge carried out a virtual school visit amid the coronavirus crisis.

The pair spoke to the pupils and teachers from Casterton Prime Academy in Burnley. 

The school has remained open in order to take on the children of essential workers. 

During the tour, Kate said: “To you and everyone who is in during this time, it must be such a relief for all the parents who are key workers to know that their children have the normality and structure and they’ve got a safe place for them to be.

So really, really well done and for all of you, I know it’s not easy circumstances, but it’s fantastic.”

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