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Dr Rowan Williams takes his seat in House of Lords

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has taken his seat in the House of Lords as a life peer.

Lord Williams of Oystermouth, who stepped down as Archbishop at the end of last year, swore his allegiance to the Queen in a short ceremony earlier today.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams in the House of Lords today. Credit: PA Wire

He became a member of the House of Lords when he was appointed to his position of Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002, and was nominated for a peerage by David Cameron after announcing his retirement from the role.

Lord Williams will sit as an independent crossbench peer.