Archbishop joins back of the queue

Mr Welby queuing for fish and chips near the Cathedral

A week ago today, the face of the Archbishop of Canterbury was beamed on to millions of television screens around the globe.

The 62-year-old had been overseeing the wedding of Prince Harry to the actress Meghan Markle.

But last night, Mr Welby was back in Canterbury – standing at the back of a queue for takeaway food.

Revellers stumbled across the primate as he waited patiently outside Ossie’s fish bar in The Borough which sits in the shadow of the Cathedral. He told them he was buying fish and chips.

Mr Welby, who is the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, is also known to be a regular at the Kashmir Tandoori in Palace Street.

One onlooker said: “The Archbishop looked very relaxed and happy as he spoke to people outside the takeaway.

“He was laughing and joking with a couple of people, shaking their hands and appeared in a good mood.

“It’s amazing to think that last Saturday his image was broadcast around the world as he carried out his duties, effectively taking part in a piece of British history.

“A week later and he just looked like anyone else waiting in a queue for deep fried food from a chippie.”

It was reported this week that more than 18 million Brits had watched the Royal Wedding. Meanwhile, almost 30 million people in America had watched the event, which took place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

Mr Welby, who had also baptised the new Duchess of Sussex, confessed he had felt nervous ahead of the occasion and had been listening to the Grime artist Stormzy to help him relax.


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