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24 March 2016 - Queen Elizabeth II arrives in St Georges Chapel in Windsor for the traditional Maundy Thursday service where she distributed money to 180 people 90 men and 90 women symbolising her age. The Maundy service took place in St George's Chapel in Windsor the first time since 1959 that it has been held at the Royal Chapel. Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. The Queen commemorates Maundy by offering 'alms' to senior citizens, retired pensioners recommended by clergy and ministers of all denominations, in recognition of service to the Church and to the local Community. During the Royal Maundy Service The Queen will distribute the Maundy money to 90 men and 90 women, one for each of The Queen's 90 years. Each recipient receives two purses, one red and one white. Recipients this year are drawn, not from a single diocese as is normally the case, but from across the country. This year the Red Purse contains a £5 coin, commemorating The Queen's ninetieth birthday, and a 50p coin commemorating the nine hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Both coins have been minted in 2016. Historically, the sum of £5.50 in the Red Purse is made up of £3 for clothing, £1.50 in lieu of provisions and £1 for the redemption of the Sovereign's gown which, before Tudor times, used to be divided between the Recipients. The White Purse contains uniquely minted Maundy Money. This takes the form of one, two, three and four silver penny pieces, the sum of which equals the number of years of the Monarch's age. This year ninety pennies of silver coins (9 sets of 10p per set) will be distributed. Royal Maundy is one of the most ancient ceremonies retained in the Church of England. Photo Credit: ALPR/AdMedia
24 March 2016 - Queen Elizabeth II arrives in St Georges Chapel in Windsor for the traditional Maundy Thursday service where she distributed money to 180 people 90 men and 90 women symbolising her age. The Maundy service took place in St George's Chapel in Windsor the first time since 1959 that it has been held at the Royal Chapel. Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. The...
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