Queen Elizabeth Was Forced To Break Pre-Easter Royal Tradition Amid COVID-19 Crisis
As every year, Queen Elizabeth was expected to reward a group of people with small silver coins, also known as Maundy money. Due to the coronavirus crisis which has forced people stay at home, Her Majesty had to do it in a different way. Read the full story below...
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Queen Elizabeth was forced to break one of the most special pre-Easter royal traditions. Her Majesty had to cancel the Royal Maundy service, where she distributes small silver coins known as Maundy money, to elderly recipients.
Queen Elizabeth was expected to reward a group of people over 70 with specially-minted coins in order to recognize their service. Since she is currently isolating herself due to the coronavirus crisis, she was not able to hand the Sovereign's gift in person. However, she did it in a different and special way: by post!
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" . , ' , , ." . 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.
Queen Elizabeth is "deeply disappointed" about this year's Maundy money
The fact of Queen Elizabeth sending the money in small presentations by post was definitely a sweet gesture, although she would have liked to do it in person. "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," she wrote.
Her Majesty also made it clear that this year's Royal Maundy might be different but it does "not mean your invaluable contribution within the community goes unnoticed." This is the first time Queen Elizabeth sends Maundy money to Christian pensioners by post.