QUEEN, STATE AND KIRK
The Queen is not the supreme governor of the Church
of Scotland, as she is in the Church of England. The
sovereign has the right to attend the General Assembly,
but not to take part in its deliberations. The Oath
of Accession includes a promise to "maintain
and preserve the Protestant Religion and Presbyterian
The Queen attends worship with the Moderator in
|The Queen maintains warm relations with the Church
of Scotland, where she worships when in Scotland,
and from which the chaplains of the Royal Household
in Scotland are appointed.
The Church of Scotland (the Kirk) is not State-controlled,
and neither the Scottish nor the Westminster Parliaments
are involved in Kirk appointments.
The Kirk's status as the national Church in Scotland
dates from 1690, when Parliament restored Scottish Presbyterianism,
and is guaranteed under the Act of Union of Scotland
and England of 1707.
In matters of doctrine, government, discipline and
worship, the Church of Scotland is free of State interference,
operating under a constitution largely contained in
the Articles Declaratory which were recognised by Parliament
If you would like to read the Articles Declaratory
or download the acts and regulations of the General
Assembly since 1929, please visit our extranet site
for more information about Church law.
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