Queen Sends out Special Silver Coins to Pensioners in Marking Maundy Thursday

Queen Elizabeth sent out silver coins, as part of the Maundy Thursday tradition, and wrote to her recipients: “I am sending you this Maundy gift to thank you for your Christian Service.”

Queen Elizabeth recently wrote to the recipients of silver coins this Maundy Thursday, as the usual royal service will not push through.

A LETTER FROM THE QUEEN

This year’s tradition was canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic but her Majesty still sent out the silver coins to pensioners across the UK. The Queen wrote on Instagram:

“I know that you, as a Recipient of this year’s Maundy Gift, will be as deeply disappointed as I am that it is not going ahead, while understanding the necessary decision.”

Queen Elizabeth II attends a service marking the 750th anniversary of Westminster Abbey on October 15, 2019 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II attends a service marking the 750th anniversary of Westminster Abbey on October 15, 2019 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

The letter noted that the Queen would not be able to personally distribute the Maundy gift despite it being a traditional rewarding ceremony. 

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE

Recipients of the silver coins are usually above the age of 70 and are nominated by their local dioceses to be recognized for their service. 

Sadly, even the Queen will not be able to celebrate with his grandson and family as she observes self-isolation with Prince Philip at Windsor Castle.

“This ancient Christian ceremony, which reflects Jesus’s instruction to his disciples to love one another, is a call to the service of others, something that has been at the centre of my life,” the Queen added.

The Monarch further stated the importance of the ceremony in the Christian calendar, which happens every year, on the Thursday before Easter Sunday

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“𝑰 𝒂𝒎 𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝑴𝒂𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒚 𝒈𝒊𝒇𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒌 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝑺𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒊𝒄𝒆. 𝑰 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖, 𝒂𝒔 𝒂 𝑹𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒑𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒚𝒆𝒂𝒓’𝒔 𝑴𝒂𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒚 𝑮𝒊𝒇𝒕, 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒂𝒔 𝒅𝒆𝒆𝒑𝒍𝒚 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒔 𝑰 𝒂𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒅, 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒆 𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝒅𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒖𝒓𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒄𝒊𝒓𝒄𝒖𝒎𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒔.” . 📸Thomas Brock, aged 101, is the oldest active bell-ringer in the world and the oldest recipient of Maundy money this year. He has rung the bells at his local church, St Mary’s, Sunbury-on-Thames, since the age of 7. . 🖌Her Majesty The Queen has written to all 188 recipients of this year’s Maundy money, in place of today’s Royal Maundy Service. Recipients have also been sent their Maundy Gifts in the post. ▶️ Swipe right to read Her Majesty’s letter. Every year on Maundy Thursday, The Queen distributes specially-minted money to pensioners from across the UK. These individuals are normally over 70, and are nominated by their local dioceses for their outstanding contributions to their local church and community life. This year the purses were instead blessed at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, some weeks ago before being posted to recipients alongside the letter from Her Majesty. . ▶️▶️▶️📸 It is our hope that this will give recipients a chance to mark the special occasion from their homes instead. Pictured here with their Gifts this week are Hilary, Jane, Jim and Trevor, Judith, Jane and Philip. Visit our stories for more on the Royal Maundy Service tradition.

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The service began in 600AD and has been pretty much the same since 1670. The coins feature the portrait of the Queen.

SEVERAL CANCELED PLANS

Apart from the cancelation of the service, Prince William and Kate Middleton decided to cancel Prince Louis’ second birthday party, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Queen Elizabeth II visits the Royal British Legion Industries village to celebrate the charity's centenary year on November 6, 2019 in Aylesford, England. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II visits the Royal British Legion Industries village to celebrate the charity's centenary year on November 6, 2019 in Aylesford, England. | Source: Getty Images

Instead, the royal couple reportedly plans to have a smaller celebration in the garden of their home, where William can cook outdoors.

Included in their plans are games such as “football, chase, and hide and seek,” with family members, as well as a birthday cake for the young prince.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Louis during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Louis during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Sadly, even the Queen will not be able to celebrate with his grandson and family as she observes self-isolation with Prince Philip at Windsor Castle.

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