Nick graver submitted the following thoughts inspired by last week's item on the Maundy Money Ceremony. -Editor A number of years ago, we heard an interesting story while staying in a Bed & Breakfast in a private home in the South East of Great Britain. The son of our host family had been selected (along with a girl) to serve with Queen Elizabeth II as the ancient Maundy Money ceremony had been celebrated in their town that year.
Of course they were so proud of his selection, and they mentioned all the categories that had been considered: His scholarship, citizenship, patriotism, letters from sponsors, as they went on about how particular the committee was, ensuring that the queen had only the choicest of children in England. "Of course, no Tall Children were eligible, for they dare not have anyone in the ceremony who was over 5'4", (the queen's height."
Having gone through those childhood years as a tall boy, somewhat self-conscious about being clumsy, etc, I felt so sorry that the tall British children were not even considered for the honor! Perhaps, things are handled differently these days?
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: QUEEN DISTRIBUTES COINS IN TRADITIONAL MAUNDY THURSDAY CEREMONY (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v12n15a05.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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