Bishop of Dover: The Rev Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin to be consecrated

Image source, Diocese of Canterbury
Image caption,
The Rev Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin begins her new role later this month

The first black woman to become a Church of England bishop will be consecrated during a ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral.

In June it was announced chaplain to the speaker of the house, The Rev Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin, will be the new Bishop of Dover.

She said she feels a "bit like a bride" ahead of Tuesday's consecration.

Dr Hudson-Wilkin succeeds the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott who retired from the role in May.

She was 14 when she joined the ministry and said she never thought becoming a bishop would be possible.

Dr Hudson-Wilkin, who is also a chaplain to the Queen, led prayers at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018.

She said: "When I was first called into ministry women weren't even allowed to be ordained, so Bishop was not in my frame of reference.

"I'm feeling a bit like a bride. All the pensive moments but also equally excited, a sense of awe and a sense of perhaps 'is this real?'"

Follow BBC South East on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Instagram. Send your story ideas to

Related Internet Links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.