Lt. Col. (Retd.) the Reverend Canon Paul Stephen Wright is a British Anglican chaplain and, since 2015, he has served as Sub-Dean of the Chapel Royal and Deputy Clerk of the Closet, Sub-Almoner, and Domestic Chaplain to the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: as such, he is the only full-time clerical member of the Royal Household of the United Kingdom.
Prior to his royal service, he was ordained in the Church of England after academic studies at Cambridge and Liverpool University. He served in the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department for over 20 years and his last post before leaving the Regular Army was as the Senior Chaplain of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
He has served on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2003 he served in Iraq and at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe in Belgium, while in 2005 he served in Bosnia and Kosovo as Senior Chaplain of the European Union Force.
In 2010, Wright was posted as Senior Chaplain of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Kabul. He was appointed as the Chaplain of the Royal Military Academy in 2012.
Padre Wright is also a military historian and battlefield guide. He is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, and has been leading battlefield tours and studies for over 25 years. He was the tour guide for the 2012 British Olympic Committee tour to Ypres, and has spoken at the United Nations sports and values summit, and the Tokyo Olympic symposium, 2014.
He is married to Georgina and has four children, and lives in St James’s Palace.
Paul has a very strong personal affiliation with Canada, having spent the practical part of his theological formation with the Anglican Church of Canada in 1990 and 1991. He served as the assistant minister to the greater Parish of the Gaspe, in Quebec, and then at The Pas in Manitoba. This also included living and working at the Henry Budd College for First Nations ministry. He has also served on operations alongside the Canadian Forces in Bosnia and Afghanistan.