The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended the traditional Maundy Thursday Service at Westminster Abbey in London. The Monarch, who is celebrating her 85th birthday, distributed Maundy money to 85 men and 85 women. Each recipient is being recognised for their service to the church and the community.
 
In Britain today, the Queen follows a very traditional role of giving Maundy Money to a group of pensioners.  The tradition of the Sovereign giving money to the poor dates from the 13th century, from the reign of Edward I.
 
At one time recipients were required to be of the same sex as the Sovereign, but since the eighteenth century they have numbered as many men and women as the Sovereign has years of age.

Every year on this day, the Queen attends a Royal Maundy service in one of the many cathedrals throughout the country. ‘Maundy money’ is distributed to male and female pensioners from local communities near the Cathedral where the Service takes place.

The men and women who receive the coins are all retired pensioners recommended by clergy and ministers of all denominations, in recognition of their service to the Church and to the community.

Yeoman of the Guards carry the Maundy money in red and white leather purses on golden alms trays on their heads.

The Maundy coins are specially minted for the occasion.

In 2011, two of our very own parishioners, Doris Chamberlain (from St Mary-on-Paddington Green) and Terence (Terry) Dormer (from St Saviours, Warwick Avenue), were honoured for their services to the church. Doris, is seen above with her niece, and a friend.