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Archbishop Dr Rowan Williams attends last service

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams delivers his final sermon in Canterbury Cathedral. Credit: PA

Dr Rowan Williams has attended his last service as the Archbishop of Canterbury at the city's cathedral, before he leaves office as head of the Church of England and spiritual leader of the 77 million-strong Anglican Communion.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams 62, greets members of the congregation. Credit: PA

More than 700 people turned out to bid farewell to 62-year-old Dr Williams before he officially departs as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury on New Year's Eve following a 10-year tenure.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams accompanied by family members, leaves Canterbury Cathedral in Kent. Credit: PA

He will go on to take up the posts of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and chairman of the board of trustees of Christian Aid, the international development agency.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams 62, (centre) embraces the Very Revd Dr. Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral. Credit: PA

Dr Williams will be replaced by 56-year-old former oil executive the Rt Rev Justin Welby, the Bishop of Durham, who will be consecrated in March at Canterbury Cathedral as Archbishop of Canterbury.