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Who is David Hoyle, the dean of Westminster who will lead Elizabeth II’s funeral?

David Hoyle, the Dean of Westminster Abbey will lead Monday’s ceremony at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

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Who is David Hoyle, the dean of Westminster who will lead Elizabeth II’s funeral?
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One of the most important funerals in recent history got underway in London this morning. The world says goodbye to Elizabeth II, the monarch who reigned for seven decades in the United Kingdom. The funeral service, which will be attended by leaders, former prime ministers and heads of state from around the world, will be led by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle.

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Who is David Hoyle?

Hoyle was born in 1957 in Lancashire. He studied history and theology at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1980. He was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1986 and as a priest the following year.

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

Hoyle is the 39th Dean of Westminster since 2019, following the retirement of John Hall. He previously served as Chaplain and Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, Vicar of Christ Church (Southgate), and Director of Ministry and Resident Canon at Gloucester Cathedral. He was also the Dean of Bristol.

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