Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrew’s and Edinburgh will attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II this morning as the representative of the Scottish Catholic Church.
Alongside him will be Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, Archbishop Mark O’Toole of Cardiff, and Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh.
Pope Francis’ representative at the funeral will be the veteran Vatican diplomat Archbishop Paul Gallagher.
Archbishop Cushley was one of thirty faith leaders who attended a meeting with King Charles III at Buckingham Palace on Friday.
The new king said then that he saw it as his duty ‘to protect the diversity of our country, including by protecting the space for faith itself and its practice through the religions, cultures, traditions and beliefs to which our hearts and minds direct us as individuals. This diversity is not just enshrined in the laws of our country, it is enjoined by my own faith’.