On Friday, April 8, 2022, it was announced from Buckingham Palace that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will not attend the upcoming Maundy Day Service to be held at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. The 95-year-old queen’s absence is not due to illness, but rather due to mobility issues.
Maundy Day Service happens every Thursday before Easter Sunday whereupon Her Majesty:
“…distributes gifts according to the number of years she has lived: for example, when she turned 80 she distributed 80 pence worth of Maundy money to 80 men and 80 women in recognition for their contribution to the community and to the church. The service dates back to 600AD and these special coins have kept much the same form since 1670.”
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will represent Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for Maundy Day Service on Thursday, April 14, 2022.