The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has paid tribute to the Queen after saying a prayer at her state funeral.

Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields shaped half of the pre-procession of church leaders together with the Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland, Very Rev Prof David Fergusson, within the service at Westminster Abbey.

Dr Greenshields was at Balmoral the weekend before the Queen died there on September 8 and said it was a “privilege and a real pleasure” to spend time along with her.

He opened his prayer at the service on Monday with the phrases: “Let us give thanks to God for Queen Elizabeth’s long life and reign, recalling with gratitude her gifts of wisdom, diligence, and service.”

Dr Greenshields preached before the then Prince of Wales at Crathie Kirk close to Balmoral on September 4 and likewise spoke at a Service of Thanksgiving at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh last week.

Speaking after the service at Westminster Abbey, he said: “The last 10 days have been a whirlwind and yet time seems to have stood still.

“It was a privilege and a real pleasure to spend time in the company of Her Majesty the Queen. She was considerate in every respect and had clearly taken time to understand her guests. I was struck by her tremendous recall and her obvious love for Balmoral and, indeed, Scotland.

“Preaching before the then Prince Charles at Crathie was a pleasant experience and an honour, but little did I know that in eight days’ time I would be preaching in his presence at St Giles’ (Cathedral) with him now as King, as we gave thanks for his mother’s life.

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