The King and Queen to Attend 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 6th April 2023

The King and Queen will attend the Royal Maundy Service at York Minster, where His Majesty will distribute Maundy Money. York Minster, Deangate, York.

On arrival at York Minster, Their Majesties will be met at the Great West Doors by the Dean of York, the Very Reverend Dominic Barrington and the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York, who will accompany the King and Queen into the Minster.

After being presented with the traditional nosegay, Their Majesties will process up the nave for the service.

During the service, His Majesty will present 74 men and 74 women (signifying the age of the monarch) with Maundy Money to thank them 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.

The King will present each recipient with two purses: one red and one white. The white purse will contain a set of specially minted silver Maundy coins equivalent in value to the age of the monarch. The red purse will contain two commemorative coins, symbolising the sovereign’s historic gift of food and clothing. This year, one will celebrate His Majesty’s forthcoming 75th birthday and the other will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Windrush Generation.

The service will end with the National Anthem and a blessing by the dean. Before departing, the King and Queen will have an opportunity to sign the Minster visitors’ book. On the Great West Steps, Their Majesties will take part in a formal photograph with the Royal Maundy party.

Following the service, the King and Queen will join a private reception at York Minster Refectory.

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