Thousands of well-wishers lined the streets to welcome the Queen, but Queen Elizabeth is giving Bags of Money to people

Why Queen Elizabeth Is Giving People Bags of Money Today

Queen Elizabeth handed out coins to 91 men and 91 women on Thursday in a tradition dating back to the 13th century: the distribution of Maundy money.

During the service, the Queen distributes gifts according to the number of years she has lived Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
During the service, the Queen distributes gifts according to the number of years she has lived Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Thousands of well-wishers lined the streets to welcome the Queen, dressed in a turquoise suit and matching hat, as she attended the Royal Maundy Service at Leicester Cathedral. The Maundy Service happens each year on the Thursday before Easter Sunday.

During the service, the Queen distributes gifts according to the number of years she has lived Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
During the service, the Queen distributes gifts according to the number of years she has lived Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

During the service, the Queen distributes gifts according to the number of years she has lived. Each recipient of Maundy money is given two small leather purses by the Queen, one red and one white. The first contains a small amount of ordinary coinage which symbolizes the monarch’s gift for food and clothing. The second purse contains Maundy coins up to the value of the Queen’s age.

Recipients at Thursday’s service were given 91p in silver Maundy coins. The recipients were all retired pensioners recommended by clergy and ministers of all denominations.

Queen Elizabeth II, Queen, Elizabeth II, Coins, Money Photo (C) TWITTER
Queen Elizabeth II, Queen, Elizabeth II, Coins, Money Photo (C) TWITTER

“It seems to have been the custom as early as the thirteenth century for members of the royal family to take part in Maundy ceremonies, to distribute money and gifts, and to recall Christ’s simple act of humility by washing the feet of the poor,” according to the Royal Mint.

Source: PEOPLE COM

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