Archbishop of Canterbury to officiate at royal wedding

December 4th, 2010 Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, Royal Wedding |

By Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Telegraph

The Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.

There had been mounting speculation that Dr Rowan Williams would be overlooked for the role in favour of Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London.

It would have represented a major snub to the archbishop as it would have been the first time the Church of England’s most senior cleric had not presided over the wedding of a future monarch.

Instead, Bishop Chartres will deliver the sermon after it was decided to share responsibilities between the two clerics by giving them both prominent roles.

He is close to the Prince having led his confirmation and counselled him after his mother’s death.

The lack of a formal announcement saying who would be conducting next year’s royal wedding had led to bemusement and consternation at Lambeth Palace, according to church insiders.

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