QUEEN ELIZABETH II ON MAUNDY THURSDAY IN OXFORD

On March 28, 2013, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, where the Bishop of Worcester conducted a Maundy Thursday service.  The annual Maundy Thursday service where the sovereign distributes alms, dates back to the Middle Ages, and takes place in commemoration of Jesus Christ’s last supper with the Apostles.  The venue for Maundy Thursday has differed throughout the years.   This year, during the service in Christ Church Cathedral, the queen handed a red and a white purse of Maundy money to 87 elderly men and 87 women (representing the queen’s age).  The Maundy Money in 2013 consisted of a sum of 87 pennies along with a 5 pound coin and 50 pence coin minted to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s crowning.  Local seniors who receive Maundy Money are chosen for the honor thanks to the service they have rendered to the local community and church.  Photos by Bauer Griffin and Getty Images.

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