April 9

Royal Maundy Service 2012


The Queen and Duke visit York for Maundy Thurday 2012; Princess Beatrice is on the right.

Thousands of well-wishers lined Queen Street and Micklegate and cheered loudly as the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Beatrice of York stepped out of the royal car.

Dressed in an aquamarine and grey tweed overcoat and aquamarine hat, the Queen touched a ceremonial sword and mace before passing through the 12th century gateway to the walled city, Micklegate Bar.

The Queen was on her way to York Minster for the traditional Royal Maundy service. To celebrate her 60 years as Monarch, her Diamond Jubilee, the Queen handed out money to people from all of the UK's 44 Christian dioceses.

Usually, the Maundy money is given to pensioners from one diocese each year. But this year, 86 women and 86 men – one for each of the Queen's 86 years – received the money in recognition of their services to the Church and their communities.

The Royal Maundy ceremony traces its origins to the Last Supper when, as St John recorded, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples.

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