St Paul's Cathedral has appointed a female chorister - believed to be the first in its history.
Carris Jones, 35, from south London will take up the full-time role in the choir which often performs at state occasions.
She believes it is the first time a woman has joined an Anglican London cathedral choir as a full-time member.
St Paul's director of music Andrew Carwood said he was "delighted" with the panel's unanimous appointment.
Ms Jones from South Norwood said: "As a child I had a Mary Poppins obsession so singing at St Paul's has been a long-held ambition.
"But when I first moved to London as a singer there was no inkling women would ever be considered for adult positions in the choir. I didn't think it was possible.
"It feels wonderful."
The Royal Academy of Music graduate and London Oratory alto has been singing professionally for eight years.
She will join three male counter-tenors in the alto section on 1 September after giving birth to her second child.
Reflecting on her appointment, she said: "When I speak to other female colleagues it means a lot that we won't have to explain to another generation why they can't [sing in this choir].
"Equality of opportunity is everything."
Natalie Collins from the Christian Feminists Network said: "It's good news but it's also a bit disturbing that it's taken until 2017.
"I hope it paves the way for more change in the high church."
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