Two people from the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe were among the 93 women and 93 men who received purses from The Queen at the traditional Royal Maundy Service in St George's Chapelin Windsor Castle. The number of recipients derives from the monarch’s age: The Queen celebrates her 93rdbirthday on Easter Sunday.
Traditionally, the Queen commemorates Maundy by offering 'alms' to retired pensioners, who have been recommended by clergy and ministers of all denominations, in recognition of their service to the church and to the local community.
This year’s recipients included Maisie Haslett from the Parish of Templemore (St Columb’s Cathedral) in Londonderry and William Montgomery from the Parish of Derg and Termonamongan. The pair were nominated by the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev Ken Good.
The Royal Family has been taking part in the custom since the 13thcentury. Buckingham Palace said those receiving coins today were given two purses – one red and one white. The red purse contained a £5 coin commemorating the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth, and a 50p coin portraying Sherlock Holmes. The white purse contained "uniquely minted" Maundy money, which came in the form of "one, two, three and four silver penny pieces".
The Queen was accompanied at this year’s Service by Princess Eugenie, and assited by children from local schools.