Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen: Primus offers love and thankfulness

September 19, 2022

The state funeral of Her Majesty The Queen took place at Westminster Abbey in London today.

Bishop Mark Strange, Primus, represented the Scottish Episcopal Church at the service. He was one of three leaders who represented the churches of Scotland in the funeral procession, along with The Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and The Most Rev Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

“I cannot express how honoured I feel to be here and how emotional it has become,” said the Primus, ahead of the service. “I am very aware of not being here simply as Bishop Mark but as the Primus representing the whole of our Scottish Episcopal Church.

“I have brought prayers from so many people and I will offer our love and thankfulness in this service.

“Please find a space to pray with me today as we say farewell to Queen Elizabeth, Queen of Scots and faithful servant of God.”

The service was conducted by The Very Rev Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, preached the sermon and led the commendation.

There was a two-minute silence at the end of the service.

The Order of Service is available here.