Marlborough Rector honoured as Queen’s ChaplainThe Reverend Canon Andrew Studdert-Kennedy, the Team Rector of Marlborough, has received one of the highest honours possible for clergy, by being appointed as a chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen.
Queen's Chaplains are appointed after long and distinguished service. Although usually an Anglican priest or a Church of Scotland minister, a member of the clergy from any faith tradition may be appointed. Honorary Chaplains wear a scarlet cassock and a special bronze badge consisting of the royal cypher and crown within an oval wreath.
The Reverend Canon Andrew Studdert-Kennedy said: “I am as delighted as I am surprised to have received this honour. I feel I do so on behalf of parish ministry generally."
“It is great to share the honour with the parishioners of Marlborough, where I have been privileged to serve for fifteen years. I give special thanks to my colleagues and above all to my family”
The Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, welcomed the appointment: “I am delighted that Andrew Studdert-Kennedy is to be a Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen. This is good news for Andrew, for Marlborough where he continues to serve, and for the Diocese of Salisbury."
“He is a distinguished parish priest and Rural Dean whose abilities have rightly been recognised.”
Andrew Studdert-Kennedy added: "The honorary nature of the job does not affect my role in Marlborough - so I won't be moving house! I have been told that I will be presented to the Queen at a Garden Party next year."
Queen’s chaplains are members of the College of Royal Chaplains, which forms part of The Queen’s Ecclesiastical Household. The appointment terminates when the holder attains the age of seventy years.
There are 33 such chaplains who represent a wide range of the Church's life. This largely honorary role involves preaching occasionally in the Chapel Royal in St James’ Palace