Royal Maundy Service 2019
Published 18 April 2019
Today, The Queen, accompanied by Princess Eugenie, attended Royal Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel.
Royal Maundy is one of the most ancient ceremonies retained in the Church of England.
Monarchs including Elizabeth I have taken part in the custom, which falls on the Thursday before Easter and commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.
The Queen commemorates Maundy by offering 'alms' to retired pensioners, who have been recommended by clergy and ministers of all denominations, in recognition of their service to the church and to the local community.
During the service, The Queen handed out Maundy Money to 93 men and 93 women – which celebrates The Queen's 93 years! The Queen will turn 93 on Sunday.
People have come from all across the UK and have been nominated for their work in the community.
This year The Maundy Money included a £5 coin, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria.
The Nosegays were made up of daffodils, primroses, stocks, purple statice, freesias, rosemary, thyme and ivy.
Children from local schools were invited to help assist with The Queen at The Royal Maundy service, which always takes place on the Thursday before Easter.
Find out more about Royal Maundy.