2015 Royal Maundy Service
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh today attended the Royal Maundy Service at Sheffield Cathedral.
After travelling to Sheffield via the Royal Train, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were greeted at the cathedral by the Dean of Sheffield, Peter Bradley, and the local Bishop, Steven Croft. During the hour-long service, the Queen presented two purses – one red and one white – of Maundy Money to 89 men and 89 women (representing the monarch’s age) from the Sheffield area to mark their work and service for the community. Among the recipients was a D-Day veteran.
This year’s Red Purse contains coins commemorating the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Following the service, the Queen and Prince Philip were presented with traditional nosegays and posed for photographs with the Yeomen who assisted the Queen in handing out the purses. It was then over to the Sheffield Town Hall for a reception.
The Queen chose a vivid turquoise blue coat with black trim and a matching hat designed by Stewart Parvin for the service.
The Royal Maundy Service dates back to the early thirteenth century when King John attended a ceremony in Yorkshire. Queen Elizabeth has only missed four services since taking the throne in 1952.Filed under The United Kingdom
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