Who is the Dean of Windsor? David Conner to conduct the Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
THE eyes of the world will be on St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle as Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank tie the knot in a huge ceremony later today.
And the man at the centre of it all tasked with delivering the Royal Wedding service will be David Conner, the Dean of Windsor – here’s what you need to know about him…
Getty – Pool David Connor, Dean of Windsor, is conducting his Royal Wedding service of the second year[/caption]
Who is the Dean of Windsor, David Conner?
David Conner was born in Kent on April 6, 1947 and was educated at Oxford University.
He was ordained as a deacon in 1971, becoming the chaplain of St Edward’s School in Oxford shortly after.
The 71-year old held the post of the Vicar of Great St. Mary’s Cambridge from 1987 until 1994, was he was consecrated Bishop of Lynn.
Conner has been the Dean of Windsor since 1998, which means he also holds the title of Registrar of the Garter – a prestigious order of knights dating back to 1348.
Between 2001 and 2009, he also occupied the post of Bishop to the Forces, the effective head of the Anglican church for the British Armed Forces.
In the 2010 New Years Honours the bishop was awarded Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO).
AFP – Getty As the Dean of Windsor Conner is also domestic chaplain to The Queen[/caption]
What is the Dean’s role in the service?
The dean will officiate when the couple make their marriage vows and give the address, as he did for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just five months before.
He has also been giving Beatrice and Jack traditional pre-marital guidance counselling.
He said: “As a couple they come across as just the perfect couple.
“They are very natural with each other, they obviously love one another but they also have a lot of fun together and it’s been a real pleasure to work with them.”
The Dean raised eyebrows – and laughs – after using the phrase “sexual union” in his address at the Sussexes’ wedding – as Royal fans await to see whether he avoids the phrase this time round.
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Where is the Royal Wedding?
The couple have invited 850 guests to the service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Several members of the Royal Family are set to attend, including Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The service will kick off at 11am on Friday, October 12, with celebrations expected to span two days.