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The new Bishop of Dover, Rose Hudson-Wilkin
The new Bishop of Dover, Rose Hudson-Wilkin

By Staff Reporter

A Royal Chaplain who led prayers at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has been appointed the Church of England's first black female bishop.

The Rev Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who is a chaplain to the Queen and the House of Commons speaker, John Bercow, was yesterday named as the new Bishop of Dover.

In her announcement, Dr Hudson-Wilkin, who was born in Jamaica, said she aimed to ensure that "hope, love and justice remains at the heart of our changed lives together".

The Archbishop of Canterbury said he was "absolutely delighted" she had accepted the role.

The Most Rev Justin Welby hailed Dr Rose as "one of the most influential and effective ministers" in her career so far.

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