Who is the Dean of Westminster David Hoyle? | The Sun

QUEEN Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96, surrounded by her closest family.

Her Majesty will be laid to rest Monday, September 19, 2022 in a ceremony in Westminster Abbey. Here's everything you need to know about the Dean of Westminster David Hoyle.

Who is David Hoyle?

Hoyle was born in 1957 in Lancashire, England.

Dr Doyle studied history and theology at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980.

He was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1986 and as a priest in 1987.

These days, his official title is The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle MBE, and he is responsible for overseeing the spiritual side of Westminster Abbey.

He is the 39th Dean of Westminster, beginning his role on November 16, 2019, following the retirement of John Hall.

Before taking on that role, he also worked as Chaplain and Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, Vicar of Christ Church, Southgate, and Director of Ministry and Canon Residentiary of Gloucester Cathedral. He has also been Dean of Bristol.


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The funeral will be attended by dignitaries and leaders from across the world.

Hoyle will conduct the service, while the sermon will be read by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

What has David Hoyle said?

The late Queen Elizabeth II was known as an extremely devout Anglican, and often spoke of how important the abbey was to her.

It was the site of her own coronation, her wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh and the wedding of her grandson Prince William.



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Dr Hoyle said: “I think, like any funeral, this is an opportunity for us to mourn because we’ve lost someone we held dear and respected.

“This is an opportunity for us to give thanks for an extraordinary life and an extraordinary achievement, this is an opportunity for us to pray for our new king and for his family in their grief, and this is an opportunity, if you like, for us to give the grief somewhere to go.

“A nation and Commonwealth, quite frankly the whole world, will be paying attention and the abbey will be a bit of a crucible holding all that, if you like.”

When asked if the funeral would feature modern updates, he added: “I’ll wait and see because I’m not going to comment on the content of the service. But this is Westminster Abbey, this is Her Majesty the Queen, I think you can assume that you’re going to see tradition in action, living tradition in action.”

He added: “She was the constant in an inconstant age so I think a lot of us feel that the continuity of someone who’s weathered all these storms and challenges, all these joys and sorrows made the rest of us feel that it can be done.

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“I think we’ve lost that, I think this country has lost a long memory, all those conversations with Prime Ministers, a lot of wisdom.

“The King has had plenty of time to prepare and will step into that role in a wonderful way, but I think it’s that constancy, I think it’s that wisdom, and then I think it’s someone who put herself, her character and her commitment to principle right at the heart of public life, not many people do that in the way that she did.”

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