The Queen has been pleased to appoint the Reverend Dr James Hawkey to be her new Chaplain.
Dr Hawkey, who is also Dean of Clare College in the University of Cambridge, is now one of Her Majesty’s ministers.
Dr Hawkey, who was previously a Precentor at Westminster Abbey, will become a member of the College of Royal Chaplains, which forms part of Her Majesty’s Ecclesiastical Household. He will join a rota of chaplains who are available to The Queen at any time and will preach once a year in the Chapel Royal, St James’ Palace, London.
He will join a rota of Chaplains who serve Her Majesty The Queen at any given time and will preach once a year at St James’ Palace.
Speaking of his appointment, Dr Hawkey said: “It is an immense honour to be appointed Chaplain to The Queen, and I look forward very much to fulfilling this ministry alongside my work in Cambridge. Her Majesty’s life of committed public service is an extraordinary inspiration to millions around the world, and it is a privilege to support such work, not least in prayer.”
The prestigious role of Chaplain dates back to the 15th century but today is seen as a largely ceremonial role.
Chaplains wear a scarlet cassock and a bronze badge consisting of the royal cypher and crown within an oval wreath. They take part in formal state occasions and conduct services at significant national events.
The Queen typically appoints three or four chaplains per year, with one always being kept vacant for the sovereign’s own choosing.