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King Charles to hand out Maundy money in visit to York Minster

by Kelly Valencia

King Charles will carry out the ancient ritual of handing out Maundy money for the first time as a monarch this year.

The monarch and the Queen Consort will attend the Royal Maundy Service in York Minster on 6th April, the day before Good Friday.

During the annual ritual, the monarch presents special "Maundy" coins to elderly members of the Church of England. Minted specifically for the occasion, the coins are typically distributed to worshippers over 70, who local dioceses have nominated for their contributions to the church and the community.

Seventy-four men and 74 women will be presented with the silver coins to the value of 74p, the age of King Charles.

It is not the first time he leads the ceremony, though. Last year, he stepped in to carry out the custom on behalf of the late Queen Elizabeth II in St George's Chapel after she experienced mobility problems.

He distributed 96p worth of Maundy money to 96 men and 96 women - one for each of The Queen's 96 years - in recognition of their contribution to the community and the church.

The recipients of the Maundy money will be gifted two purses each: one red and one white. The white purse will contain the silver Maundy coins.

Inside the red, there will be two commemorative coins that symbolize the sovereign's historic gift of food and clothing. This year, the coins will celebrate the King's forthcoming 75th birthday as well as the 75th anniversary of the Windrush Generation.

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