VIDEO: Queen’s Maundy service at Sheffield Cathedral

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh attended the Royal Maundy Service at Sheffield Cathedral on Thursday 2nd April 2015. Her Majesty The Queen distributes the Maundy money.
Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh attended the Royal Maundy Service at Sheffield Cathedral on Thursday 2nd April 2015. Her Majesty The Queen distributes the Maundy money.

The Queen has attended the traditional Maundy service at Sheffield Cathedral.

Hundreds of people and dignitaries gathered inside the Cathedral to watch the traditional service - the first time South Yorkshire has played host to it.

The Queen arrived at the cathedral at 11am accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

This year, 89 women and 89 men - one for each of the Queen’s 89 years - received the Maundy coins.

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During the service the Queen, dressed in a turquoise coat and matching hat, distributed specially-minted money to the men and women, all from the South Yorkshire area.

The recipients were given two leather pouches, one red and one white, of which contained Maundy coins equating in pence to the Queen’s age.

Eileen Maher, aged 74, from Norfolk Park, Sheffield received the coins.

She has been involved with St Marie’s Cathedral, in the city centre, for 40 years and is also a trustee of charity LIFE.

Following the service, she said: “It is difficult to describe how I feel. I am elated and overwhelmed.

“I am just so proud to be representing not only my family but the Catholics at St Marie’s cathedral and the charity LIFE.”