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Worcester Cathedral to host Queen for Royal Maundy Service

by Tola Mbakwe

Her Majesty The Queen will distribute the Royal Maundy gifts on behalf of His Majesty The King at Worcester Cathedral on 28 March. During the annual Royal Maundy Service, ceremonial coins will be presented to 75 men and 75 women from around the country, including 39 individuals from the diocese covering Worcestershire and Dudley.

These individuals are being recognised for their notable Christian service to their church and community over several years.

Dating back to at least the 4th Century, the tradition of presenting alms on Maundy Thursday is deeply rooted in history. The first recorded instance of a Monarch participating in this tradition in England was in 1213.

In recent years, the service has moved between different cathedrals; it was last held in Worcester in 1980. Last year’s service took place at York Minster and was attended by The King and Queen.

The number of men and women receiving the Maundy Money corresponds with the Monarch's age. For this service, Worcester Cathedral will become a 'Chapel Royal', with the Chapel Royal Choir performing alongside the Cathedral choir.

Lord High Almoner, Rt Rev John Inge, who is also the Bishop of Worcester will accompany HM The Queen as she presents the gifts.

He said: “It is an honour to welcome HM The Queen to Worcester. This immensely special service will mean a great deal to those chosen to receive the coins, all of whom have given years of service to their local communities.”

Worcester Cathedral’s Interim Dean, Canon Stephen Edwards, added: “We are delighted that Worcester has been chosen for this year’s Royal Maundy service. We will be pulling out all the stops to create a special occasion for all the recipients.”

The Maundy Service will take place in the morning and will be attended by invited representatives from across the diocese and county, including the recipients and their guests.

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