Thursday, 5 April 2012

Maundy Thursday

Every year at Easter the Queen visits a cathedral or abbey and hands out Maundy money to local pensioners in recognition of their service to the local community or church. This year the Queen will present the Maundy money in York Minster. Since the fifteenth century the number of Maundy coins handed out, and the number of people receiving the coins, has been related to the Sovereign’s age, this year it will be 86. Yeomen of the Guard (Beefeaters) carry the Maundy money to the ceremony in red and white purses held above their heads on golden alms trays.
In another royal tradition started in 1389 by Richard II the Monarch always enters the city of York through this gate, Mickelgate Bar, and pauses to touch the Sword of State as they pass. The route under the Bar is currently one way, outwards, I dare say however the traffic flow will be reversed for Her Majesty today.


  1. Well, I didn't know that! Thanks Deb- have a great Easter.

  2. Back in 1724 they also received a sum of money in lieu of clothing this sum being 35 shillings, today they get £3 by any calculation a much smaller sum. I love these old traditions and I would think the the chosen recipient will feel quite honoured.

  3. Love the tradition of it all!

  4. This is one tradition I was unaware of. It must be quite a sight to see.


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