British Queen Gives Money To Elderly In Maundy Money Tradition

Category: Society / Mar 28, 2013 1:54PM EDT
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II distributed pouches of money to the elderly on Thursday (March 28) in a Maundy Thursday tradition that has been observed for centuries. The Queen, who visits a different cathedral each year to take part in the ceremony, arrived at Christ Church Cathedral in the English city of Oxford with her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. During the service she handed out Maundy money to 87 pensioners from nearby counties, to mark her 87 years of age. The red and white pouches contained an assortment of coins, some commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation this year. The recipients were given the money in recognition of their services to the church and community. Maundy Thursday is part of Holy Week and commemorates Jesus's final meal before his arrest and crucifixion. Video Source: Reuters