Revd Canon Anna Eltringham appointed as Chaplain to the Queen
Oxted Team Rector Anna Eltringham has been appointed Chaplain to the Queen.The Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, who nominated Anna for the position, says, “This is wonderful news! I am delighted that Anna has been appointed as a Chaplain to the Queen and will be for this purpose, alongside her full time ministry, part of the Royal Household. In serving and ministering to people from all walks of life, Anna will bring many gifts and a wealth of experience to the role. We all wish her well and assure her of our prayers.”
On hearing the news of her appointment, Anna says, "I am both surprised and excited to be nominated for this very special honorary role. There are over thirty Chaplains to the Queen who meet together and are invited to preach at the Chapel Royal annually. Her Majesty the Queen is much admired for her strong Christian faith and her willingness to share it with the nation bringing hope and comfort to many. It will be a privilege to take on this role and I look forward to it immensely."
An Honorary Chaplain to the Queen (QHC) is a member of the clergy within the United Kingdom who, through long and distinguished service, is appointed to minister to the monarch. Chaplains to the Queen wear a scarlet cassock and a special bronze badge to mark their status. Anna is looking forward to “turning up to services and events across the Diocese wearing it!”