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  Archbishop of Canterbury
What does the Archbishop do?
Where does he live?
How long has there been one?
How is a new Archbishop chosen?
10 facts about Archbishop Williams

 
How is a new Archbishop chosen?
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.

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