In Canterbury Cathedral today, Justin Welby was seated in St Augustine’s throne during a religious and traditional ceremony to affirm his new position as Archbishop of Canterbury.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales attended alongside Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall as representatives of Her Majesty The Queen. Her Majesty never attends the service as she regards it as being about the new Archbishop and feels her presence would detract from the meaning of the ceremony.
The ceremony began being broadcast on the BBC at 2.30pm today.
During the ceremony, the Archbishop arrives, hits his staff on the doors of the Cathedral (much like Black Rod does during the State Opening of Parliament) and enters. He is then questioned about who he is and what he is there for.
He is then taken through the religious ceremony and is proclaimed as Archbishop and Primate of all England.
In a way, it was quite apt that the Prince of Wales attended the service as Justin Welby will probably be the Archbishop who crowns Prince Charles when he becomes King.
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