the present Queen came to the throne she decided to take the Royal
Maundy Service on the road. Each year the ceremony takes place at
a different cathedral around the country.
year the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be in West Yorkshire
to attend the Royal Maundy Service at Wakefield Cathedral. The recipients
of the gift of specially-minted money will be 79 women and 79 men
- one for each of the years she will have lived at the time of her
next birthday on April 21st, 2005.
The Queen distributes Maundy money in Bradford.
is not the first occasion on which the Queen has distributed Maundy
money in West Yorkshire. In 1997, the year Bradford celebrated its
centenary as a city, the Maundy Service took place in Bradford Cathedral.
It was the Queen's first visit to the district for 20 years.
Crowds watched as the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh,
made her way from Forster Square railway station to the Great West
Door of Bradford Cathedral on her way to perform the ceremony.
the service the Queen unveiled the Centenary Square plaque and placed
a floral tribute on the memorial to the victims of the fire at Bradford
City's ground in 1985 in which 56 people lost their lives. Later
she visited Valley Parade where she and Prince Philip inspected
the new stand before returning to their train.
Queen goes to a different part of the country each year for
Thursday before Good Friday has come to be known as Maundy Thursday.
Maundy comes from mandatum, the Latin for commandment. Before the
Last Supper, Christ is said to have washed the feet of his disciples,
commanding them to love one another.
the thirteenth century Maundy Thursday has been marked in this country
by a ceremony - originally the monarch would give a gift of food
or clothing (the dole) to the poor and even washed the feet of the
offering of clothes and food soon changed to a gift of specially-minted
money and it is believed the custom of washing feet was discontinued
in the 18th century during the reign of James II. Although the Maundy
money became decimal in 1971 along with the rest of the coinage,
they carry the image of the young head of the sovereign for the
the recipients are Christian pensioners recommended by their ministers
in recognition of their service to their chuch and to the community.
Members of the choir and some others who take part in the service
are also entitled to receive Maundy money in lieu of a fee.
the 158 Wakefield pensioners will receive some extra gifts from
the Queen. They will each be 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.
the Royal Maundy Service the Queen and Duke will themselves become
recipents themselves as the lunch guests of Wakefield Council.
up with all the latest from the Queen's visit to Wakefield
here on the BBC Bradford and West Yorkshire website!