Crathie Kirk is the next church to be spotlighted in our short series on royally-related churches. While there have been several centers of worship in the Scottish village of Crathie dating back to the 6th century, the ruins of which can still be seen in the area surrounding the current church, Queen Victoria laid the foundation for the current building in 1893.
In 1979, Crathie Kirk linked with the church in Braemer, a neighboring village, to form the Braemer and Crathie Parish. The two churches alternate each Sunday on hosting worship services. Under the leadership of Reverend Kenneth Mackenzie, the parish collectively serves the two villages and is working to add the church in neighboring village Ballater to their parish, as well. Set in the Cairngorm National Park, Crathie Kirk has a beautiful surrounding area and the church community loves welcoming visitors to worship with them on Sundays.
Crathie Kirk is the closest church to Balmoral Castle, so the royal family attends Sunday services at the kirk when they are vacationing there. Most notably, the royal family attended the Sunday service at Crathie Kirk after Princess Diana passed away. Another notable royal event to occur at the kirk was the second marriage of Princess Anne to Commander Timothy Laurence. Most recently, Kate and William attended a service in September of 2013 and Queen Elizabeth attended a World War II Commemoration Service this past August.
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