Appointment of new Lord High Almoner

Published 15 February 2013

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE QUEEN

15 February 2013

The Queen has been pleased to appoint the Right Reverend Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester, to be Lord High Almoner to Her Majesty on the retirement of the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch.

Background

The Lord High Almoner is appointed by Letters Patent under the Great Seal, and it is his duty to be in attendance upon, or represent, the Sovereign at the Maundy Service. It has been possible to trace the names of the Lord High Almoners to the early twelfth century.

The Right Reverend Dr. John Inge became Bishop of Worcester in 2007.

The Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch (Bishop of Manchester until his retirement in January, 2013) was appointed in May 1997.