Happy 85th Birthday to Queen Elizabeth II

Thursday, April 21, 2011, marked the 85th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  She attended Maundy Thursday service, held this year at London’s Westminster Abbey, the site of next week’s royal wedding.  The Maundy Thursday service was last held at the abbey ten years ago.  It is also the first time that Maundy Thursday has coincided with the monarch’s birthday.  The Maundy Thursday service dates back to the Middle Ages to commemorate the Last Supper when Jesus washing the feet of His disciples.  85 men and 85 women (in honor for each year of the Queen’s life), were presented with Maundy money.  The recipients are chosen for their service to the community and the Church.  The Queen was accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who himself will be 90 in June this year.



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