The Bishop of Durham has been unveiled as the new Archbishop of Canterbury.
One of the early favourites to become leader of the World's Anglicans had been the right Reverend Graham James who is the Bishop of Norwich.
However, Cambridge educated Justin Welby has been announced as the successor to Dr Rowan Williams.
He said being nominated for the post was "astonishing and exciting".
The Rt Rev Justin Welby, an Eton-educated former oil industry executive, will become the 105th Archbishop and spiritual leader of the 77 million-strong Anglican Communion.