Queen Elizabeth II pens personal message after Maundy Thursday service cancelled

Queen Elizabeth II, 94, has penned personal letters to Britons due to receive Maundy Money after the traditional Royal Maundy Thursday service was cancelled for a second year running due to COVID-19. Every Easter communities across the country nominate stalwart members to receive the special gift of symbolic coins from the Queen.

In her message to Maundy money recipients, the Queen writes: “I am delighted to send you the Maundy gift which I hope you will accept as an expression of my personal thanks to you for all that you have done to enrich the life of your community.

“Each year, at the Royal Maundy Service, we have an opportunity to recognise, and give thanks for, work done by countless people for the wellbeing of their neighbours; work that has often been taken for granted or hidden.”

Maundy Money is gifted to retired pensioners who support the church and their local communities.

They are recommended by clergy of all denominations to receive Maundy money.

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