BAME leaders attend installation of the new Dean of Westminster Abbey

Baroness Patricia Scotland and Lady Brenda Hale DBE were among the attendees ahead of the consecration of the first black female bishop on Tuesday

SUPPORT: Lady Brenda Hale; Sir Ken Olisa; Baroness Patricia Scotland & Professor Chris Imafidon

LEADERS AND dignitaries such as Lady Hale, Baroness Scotland, Sir Olisa, and Professor Imafidon attend Westminster Abbey for the installation of Reverend Dr David Hoyle as the new Dean of the Abbey. 

As BAME leaders look forward to the consecration of Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin as the first ever black female bishop at St Paul’s cathedral on Tuesday (November 19) Dr Hoyle was installed as the 39th Dean of the Collegiate Church of St Peter Westminster, better known as Westminster Abbey, at Evensong on Saturday (November 16).

Leaders and dignitaries from every walk of life attended the occasion, including; President of the Supreme Court Lady Brenda Hale DBE; Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland QC; Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London Sir Ken Olisa OBE; and Professor Imafidon, chair of programme.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton played a key role in the formalities. The Dean of St Paul’s, Reverend Dr David Ison and Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin QHC (Chaplain to the Queen) were among the clergy present. 

Dr Hoyle, formerly Dean of Bristol, now oversees the spiritual life of the Abbey and gives leadership to the Abbey community, which includes 300 staff and 500 volunteers. He succeeds Reverend Dr John Hall.

During the centuries-old ceremony, part of it in Latin, the Grant and Mandamus from Her Majesty The Queen, to whom Dean and Chapter of the Abbey are ultimately responsible, was read out and the Dean responded by swearing and affirming a number of formal oaths.

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