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Thursday 24th March, 2005
The Royal Maundy Service, Wakefield
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When the present Queen came to the throne she decided to take the Maundy Service on the road. Each year the ceremony takes place at a different cathedral around the country.

In 2005, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were in in West Yorkshire to attend the Royal Maundy Service at Wakefield Cathedral.

The recipients of the gift of specially-minted money were 79 women and 79 men - one for each of the years she had lived at the time of her birthday on April 21st, 2005.

The 158 Wakefield pensioners also received some extra gifts from the Queen. They were each given given a red purse containing a £5 coin commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and a 50p coin marking the 250th anniversary of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary Of The English Language.

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