Britain’s Queen Elizabeth attends Maundy Thursday service
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth attended the Maundy Thursday service in Sheffield yesterday (02.04.15).
The 88-year-old monarch – who will turn 89 on April 21 – arrived in the Yorkshire city by train before heading to the cathedral to hand out Royal Maundy coins to 89 men and 89 women, representing her 89 years of life.
Maundy Thursday was first celebrated in England in the 12th century to mark Jesus washing his disciples’ feet but today it serves to recognise the work of deserving senior citizens in the community.
The Queen presented recipients with a red purse containing a £5 coin and a 50p coin, as well a white purse containing one of a kind Royal Maundy coins.
The Queen was joined by her husband Prince Phillip at the service and the pair made sure to sign the visitors’ book before exiting the cathedral.
According to HELLO! magazine they finished off their celebration by enjoying lunch at Sheffield Town Hall.
The royal family will next gather together to celebrate Easter and are expected to reunite on Sunday for a service at St George’s Chapel.