Buckingham Palace has announced that the Revd Georgina Byrne, Residentiary Canon at Worcester Cathedral has been appointed as a Chaplain to the Queen.

This honorary role will be in addition to Georgina’s duties at the Cathedral. Chaplains to the Queen preach occasionally in the Chapel Royal in St James’ Palace, London. They wear a scarlet cassock and special bronze badge. There are currently 34 honorary chaplains to the Queen; when appointed, Georgina will be the youngest.

Georgina said: 

“I feel extremely privileged to have been honoured in this way. The letter from Buckingham Palace arrived, like a very special gift, just before Christmas and I’ve been smiling ever since.”

The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge, said: 

“Canon Georgina Byrne is an outstanding priest and I am delighted that this has been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen. The great honour bestowed on her is good news for us at the Cathedral and in the Diocese: we can all bask in reflected glory.”

The Dean of Worcester, the Very Revd Peter Atkinson, said: 

“All at Worcester Cathedral will be delighted by the news of this honour for a popular and respected member of the cathedral community.”

The appointment as a Chaplain to the Queen is made by Her Majesty herself following a nomination, generally from the candidate’s diocesan bishop and the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome, currently Clerk of the Closet and as such head of the College of Chaplains of the Ecclesiastical Household. The last Chaplain to the Queen in the Diocese of Worcester was the former Archdeacon of Worcester, the Venerable Frank Bentley.


The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.

Tel: 01905 20537 Mobile: 07852 302516
Email: ssetchell@cofe-worcester.org.uk