Royal Maundy Service 2023 | The Royal Watcher

King Charles III, the Head of the Church of England, and Queen Camilla presided over their first Royal Maundy Service at York Minster on April 6th. Last year, the then Prince of Wales represented the Queen at the Royal Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

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The King and Queen (wearing the Queen Mother’s Rock Crystal Brooch) were met by the Dean of York, the Very Revd Dominic Barrington, and the Lord High Almoner, the Right Reverend Dr. John Inge, the Bishop of Worcester, being presented with nosegays at the start of the service, during which the King personally distributed the Maundy Money to 148 pensioners.  



Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles and is one of the most ancient ceremonies retained in the Church of England. 74 men and 74 women (signifying the age of the Monarch) selected from Church of England dioceses across the country, and Anglican and Ecumenical partners across the UK, received the Maundy, a gift from the King, to thank them for their outstanding Christian service and for making a difference to the lives of people in their local communities. 

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