In her Diamond Jubilee year, The Queen was in York to hand out the traditional Royal Maundy money to pensioners from all over the UK.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, along with their granddaughter, Princess Beatrice of York, were met by huge crowds as they arrived at York Minster, on the morning of Thursday 5 April 2012.
The Queen, who was dressed in a blue and grey tweed outfit and matching hat, was welcomed to the City of York by Lord Mayor David Horton.
During The Royal Maundy service, which was read by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, The Queen handed out Maundy money to people from all of the 44 Christian dioceses of Britain, in recognition of their service to their community.
The distribution of Royal Maundy money is an ancient tradition, which is said to date back to the time of the Last Supper when, according to the gospel of St John, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples.
This year, 86 men and 86 women received Maundy money – to represent the Queen’s age. Each recipient received two purses – one red and one white. The red purse contained a £5 coin commemorating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and newly-minted 50 pence coin. The white purse contained 86 pence worth of uniquely minted Maundy money.
After the service, The Queen went on to present the Lord Mayor of York with a ‘cap of maintenance’ at a ceremony in the Mansion House. In another age-old tradition, The Queen presented the ‘cap’ to highlight the importance of the City of York.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee official celebrations will be held over an extended bank holiday weekend 2 – 5 June 2012. Click here to find out more about Diamond Jubilee events.
Image: Queen Elizabeth II and the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, stand outside York Minster after the Royal Maundy service on Thursday 5 April 2012. Photo credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire