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Former Dean of Salisbury enthroned as first female Bishop of Llandaff

The former Dean of Salisbury Cathedral, June Osborne, has been enthroned as the first woman Bishop of Llandaff.

Credit: Church of Wales

Bishop June spent 13 years as Dean of Salisbury and prior to that held the post of Canon Treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral. She has overseen the major part of the Cathedral's Major Repair Programme.

As part of an ancient tradition she had to knock three times with her staff on the Cathedral’s West door before being welcomed inside by the Dean of Llandaff, Gerwyn Capon.

Bishop June knocking on the cathedral door Credit: Huw Ryden / Diocese of Exeter

Her mandate to serve as the Bishop of Llandaff was read out and she took her oath on the Cathedral Bible.

During the service Bishop June was anointed with the Oil of Chrism, vested with her cope and mitre and presented with the diocesan staff – the symbol of her authority in the diocese – before being installed in her seat in the cathedral, the Episcopal Throne.

She then greeted the Cathedral Chapter and area deans along with civic dignitaries and faith leaders. Following this one of her first duties as bishop was to deliver the sermon.

Credit: Church of Wales