The average time taken to find a new Archbishop, church officials say, is around nine months.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has always been a man.
This is because the Church of England has women priests but has not yet agreed to accept women as bishops.
Here's a brief guide to how the person is chosen:
- The retiring Archbishop of Canterbury tells the Queen they want to retire.
The Queen accepts the resignation.
- The Crown Appointments Commission begins to oversee the selection of a new Archbishop of Canterbury.
- The Commission chooses two names and sends them to the Prime Minister for approval.
- If the Prime Minister likes the choices, one name is sent to the Queen.
- The Queen has the final say.