Roger Royle

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Roger Royle
Roger Michael Royle

(1939-01-30) 30 January 1939 (age 80)
Cardiff, Wales
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
EducationSt Edmund's School
Alma materKing's College London
St Boniface Missionary College, Warminster
OccupationClergyman and broadcaster
Known forPresenting Sunday Half Hour on BBC Radio 2 (1991–2007)

Roger Michael Royle (born 30 January 1939 in Cardiff) is an Anglican priest and broadcaster. He has been most well known for presenting Sunday Half Hour on BBC Radio 2.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Royle was born on 30 January 1939 in Cardiff, Wales.[1][2] His father, Reginald, was vicar of St. Saviours church in Splott, Cardiff. His father died when Royle was 14 months old, and the family then moved to the Penylan area of the city.[1]

Royle was educated at Marlborough Road and Roath Park primary schools in Cardiff.[1] He then continued his education in England, attending St Edmund's School, then an all-boys independent school in Canterbury, Kent that was run by the Clergy Orphan Corporation.[2] He studied theology at King's College London, graduating with an Associateship of King's College (AKC) qualification (equivalent to an ordinary degree) in 1961.[2][3] He then undertook a year of training at St Boniface Missionary College, Warminster, in preparation for ordination.[1]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Royle was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1962 and as a priest in 1963.[3] From 1962 to 1965, he served his curacy at St Mary's Church, Portsea, Portsmouth in the Diocese of Portsmouth.[2] Then, from 1965 to 1968, he served as senior curate at St Peter's Church, Morden, London, in the diocese of Southwark.[2][3] Following his curacies, he moved to Southwark Cathedral where he served as Succentor for the next three years.[2]

In 1971, Royle moved to the Diocese of Oxford where he was appointed to his first incumbency.[3] From 1971 to 1974, he served as Priest-in-Charge of St James the Less, Dorney and Warden of the Dorney Eton College Project.[4] Between 1974 and 1979, he served as Conduct (IE the senior chaplain) of Eton College, an all-boys public school near Windsor, Berkshire.[3][5]

After leaving Eton in 1979, Royle moved to London. There, he held a Licence to Officiate in the Diocese of Southwark from 1979 to 1990.[3] He was chaplain to Lord Mayor Treloar College, a special school for disabled children and young people, between 1990 and 1992.[2] During this appointment, he was also an honorary curate of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Froyle, in the Diocese of Winchester.[3] From 1993 to 1999, he was an Honorary Canon and Chaplain of Southwark Cathedral.[2] He has held Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Southwark since 1999 and has been retired since 2004.[3]


He has been a presenter on a number of television series:

Royle's BBC career has also included presenting:

He appeared on Pause for Thought on Terry Wogan's Radio 2 weekday show and writes a weekly column for Woman's Weekly.


On 4 March 2007 Royle declared that he would be standing down from his long standing position on Radio 2 presenting Sunday Half Hour, despite this he continues appearances on Pause for Thought on occasional weekday mornings.[citation needed] He still presents his usual Christmas Day early morning show on Radio 2 between 3.00 – 6.00 am.

On Thursday 23 October 2014, Royle accepted position of 'Patron' to mental health charity 'Being Alongside', formally: Association for Pastoral Care in Mental Health ( = apcmh).


In 1992, Royle was awarded a Lambeth Master of Arts (MA) degree in recognition of his work in the media.[2]

Published works[edit]

  • A Few Blocks from Broadway
  • Royle Exchange
  • To Have and To Hold
  • Picking Up the Pieces – A book about Mother Teresa


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Why Rev Roger Royle was Ross's nightmare". Wales Online. 24 September 2005. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "ROYLE, Rev. Canon Roger Michael". Who's Who 2016. Oxford University Press. November 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Roger Michael Royle". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Past Vicars and Rectors". Benefice of Eton with Eton Wick, Boveney and Dorney. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Appointment of Conduct" (pdf). Eton College. November 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2016. The Provost invites applications from ordained members of the Anglican clergy to take up the post of Conduct (Senior Chaplain) at the College.

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