Her Majesty The Queen will Attend the Royal Maundy Service

Royal Maundy Service
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, following the Royal Maundy Service 2016.


Thursday 28th March 2024

Her Majesty The Queen will distribute the Royal Maundy gifts on behalf of His Majesty The King at the annual Royal Maundy Service.

On arrival at Worcester Cathedral, Her Majesty will be greeted at the North Porch Door by the Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Beatrice Grant and the Lord High Almoner and Bishop of Worcester Cathedral, The Right Reverend Dr John Inge, who will accompany the Queen into the cathedral.

Inside the cathedral Her Majesty will meet Interim Dean of Worcester Cathedral The Reverend Canon Dr Stephen Edwards and Sub-Dean Chapel Royal and Sub-Almoner, The Reverend Canon Paul Wright.

After being presented with the traditional nosegay, a small flower bouquet, Her Majesty will process up the centre nave for the service and will take her seat next to the Lord-Lieutenant.

During the service, Her Majesty will present 75 men and 75 women (signifying the age of the monarch) with two purses: one red and one white, containing Maundy Money. In the white purse will be a set of specially minted silver Maundy coins.

The money is to thank recipients for their outstanding Christian service and for making a difference to the lives of people in their local communities. Recipients are selected from Church of England dioceses across the country, and Anglican and Ecumenical partners across the UK.

This year the red purse contains a £5 coin which features the image of a Tudor dragon, and a 50p coin commemorating the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary.

The service will end with a blessing by the Lord High Almoner and then the National Anthem. The Queen will process back down the centre nave before signing the cathedral’s visitors’ book.

Her Majesty will join the Royal Maundy party for a photograph by the West Door before meeting groups of people outside who have been instrumental in the delivery of the Maundy service.

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