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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 15, April 12, 2009, Article 5

QUEEN DISTRIBUTES COINS IN TRADITIONAL MAUNDY THURSDAY CEREMONY

For those who aren't familiar with Maundy Money, a news story from the U.K. tells the tale of the centuries-old tradition which was carried on this week by Queen Elizabeth II. An image of the 2006 coins is shown below. -Editor
2009 Maundy Money ceremony A 107-year-old woman was among those who received specially-minted "Maundy Money" coins at an age-old Easter ceremony in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Kathleen Grimwood, of Sudbury, may have been the oldest recipient in history when given the money at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Buckingham Palace said.

On Maundy Thursday each year the monarch gives coins to subjects in a tradition dating to the 13th Century. The Queen now gives the money to people nominated for service to the community.

She gave coins to 83 women and 83 men during a service at the cathedral in Bury St Edmunds - one male and one female recipient for each year of her life.

Each pensioner received a red purse containing a 5 coin celebrating the 500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII, and a 50p coin to celebrate the founding of Kew Gardens. They were also given a white purse containing 83p in Maundy coins. All the coins have been minted in 2009.

2006 Maundy coins


The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh chatted to locals during a walkabout following the service. Thousands turned out to watch the monarch arrive amid tight security as large parts of the town centre were closed off.

To read the complete article (and view a video of the ceremony), see: Maundy Money handed out by Queen (news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/suffolk/7991228.stm)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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