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The Archbishop of Canterbury conducts the Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey in London
The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, marries Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton, as Michael Middleton, Kate Middleton's father, left, and best man Britain's Prince Harry, right, look on during the Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey in London on April, 29, 2011. UPI/Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool
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Rowan Douglas Williams FRSL, FBA, FLSW (born 14 June 1950) is an Anglican bishop, poet and theologian. He is the 104th and current Archbishop of Canterbury, Metropolitan of the Province of Canterbury and Primate of All England, offices he has held since early 2003.

Williams was previously Bishop of Monmouth and Archbishop of Wales (making him the first Archbishop of Canterbury in modern times not to be appointed from within the Church of England) and had spent much of his earlier career as an academic at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford successively. His primacy has been marked by much speculation that the Anglican Communion (in which the Archbishop of Canterbury is the leading figure) is on the verge of fragmentation and by Williams's attempts to keep all sides talking to one another.

Williams was born on 14 June 1950 in Ystradgynlais, Swansea, Wales, into a Welsh-speaking family. He was the only child of Aneurin Williams and Dolphine (Del, Nancy) Morris – Presbyterians who became Anglicans in 1961. He was educated at the state school Dynevor School in Swansea, at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he studied theology, and at Wadham College, Oxford, where he received his DPhil in 1975.

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