Rowan Williams has announced he will be stepping down as Archbishop of Canterbury to take up a new post at the University of Cambridge.
The Archbishop, 61, has been leader of the Anglican Church for a decade. In 2013 he will become master of Magdalene college, Cambridge.
He has been centre-stage of national occasions, marrying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey last year in a service watched by a global television audience.
The announcement that he is to step down as Archbishop of Canterbury marks his return to academia after more than 20 years as a bishop and archbishop.
He returns to Cambridge wherehe studied theology as an undergraduate and where he spent nine years in academic and parish work from 1977, first at Westcott House, being ordained priest in 1978, and from 1980 as curate at St George's, Chesterton.
In 1983 he was appointed lecturer in divinity in the university, and the following year became dean and chaplain of Clare College.
He was made Lady Margaret professor of divinity at Oxford in 1986, aged just 36.