Archbishop's enthronement robes made in Derby

The Archbishop's robes Credit: Tim Heeley

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will be officially installed today, wearing robes made by a dressmaker from Derby.

The robes are actually second hand, and have a special significance for the Archbishop. They belonged to a friend, a fellow student at Theological College, who died several years ago. His family gave the robes to Archbishop Welby when he was working in Durham.

Not only do they have deepsentimental importance, their design is both modern and classical and reflects the best of what modern liturgical dresscan bring to worship. It is a great privilege to have them.

Material for the robes comes from the UK and Japan, while the rhinestones come from Austria.

Designer Juliet Hemingray also provided the robes for George Carey when he took up the post in 1991.

The main design represents the Trinity, the principle belief of the Church of England, that God is a God in three forms, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The colours aqua marine and purple represent Jesus' first recorded miracle, when he turned water into wine at a wedding in Cana.

Juliet Hemingray Credit: Tim Heeley
Three fish Trinity motif Credit: Tim Heeley