The Foundation

The  HM Tower of London Chapels Royal Foundation

The Chapels as places of worship are governed by The HM Tower of London Chapels Royal Foundation.  The Foundation was constituted jointly by the Lord Chamberlain on behalf of The Queen, the Constable of the Tower of London and the Bishop of London in his capacity as Dean of the Chapels Royal.  It is a charitable incorporated organisation and a registered charity (No 1160859).

As well as being Chapels Royal, the Chapels comprise a Royal Peculiar, and as such fall outside the diocesan and parochial system of the Church of England.  However, the Foundation has a role in relation to the Chapels very similar to that which a parochial church council has in relation to a parish church. 

The Foundation works closely with the Chaplain to support him in his ministry and jointly with him to set the strategic development of the worshipping life and mission of the Chapels.  The Foundation engages and pays for the Master of Music, the Assistant Master of Music and the Choir and seeks to ensure that the musical elements of services in the Chapels are of the finest quality.  The money and assets of the Chapels are held by the Foundation, which also administers a benevolent fund to help those in need who work or who have worked within the Tower and the dependants in need of such persons. 

There are both ex officio and appointed trustees of the Foundation.  The present trustees are:

General Sir Gordon Messenger, KCB, DSO and Bar, OBE, DL, Constable, Chairman

General Sir George Norton, KCVO, CBE, Lieutenant

Brigadier Andrew Jackson, CBE, Governor

Canon Roger Hall, MBE, Chaplain

Mr Christopher Stainforth

The Rev’d Canon Paul Wright, Sub-Dean of HM Chapels Royal

Mrs Gillian Fletcher

Sir Andrew Parmley, KStJ

Mr Richard Cushing



The trustees are assisted by a Chapel Committee which deals with more detailed operational matters.  Its members are:

The Revd Canon Roger Hall  MBE   Chairman

Mrs Kathryn Vagneur

Mrs Gill Howard

Mr Chris Weston-Simons


The presentation of the Chapels to the public as places of national interest and particular beauty is the responsibility of Historic Royal Palaces, with which the Foundation works closely.

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