Item ITN/5/14/418 - Queen Elizabeth at the Maundy Thursday service at Ely Cathedral

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Queen Elizabeth at the Maundy Thursday service at Ely Cathedral


  • 16 April 1987 (Creation)

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Maundy Gift for The Queen. The Queen accepts a bunch of daffodils from a well wisher in the crowd during her walkabout today after the traditional Maundy Thursday service in Ely Cathedral, where she had presented the Royal Maundy money to 122 pensioners, a man and a woman for each of her 61 years. The Royal Maundy dates back to the 12th century. In her left hand, the Queen carries a sweet smelling nosegay, following a custom which survives from the days when such a posy was thought to afford protection against the plague

Agency: Press Association

Photographer: Ron Bell

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