On the morning of Thursday, April 14, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall represented Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during Royal Maundy Service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.
This is the first time since 1970 that the 95-year-old monarch has missed Royal Maundy Service. Her Majesty’s absence was not due to illness rather it is due to mobility issues.
Royal Maundy Service is held the Thursday before Easter Sunday whereupon Her Majesty would distribute Maundy money, the amount goes by the years since she has been on the throne, to individuals who have done “…great work in their community and church…”
According to a Buckingham Palace press release, Royal Maundy Service dates back to:
“… dates back to 600AD and these special coins have kept much the same form since 1670. They still bear the portrait of Her Majesty designed for her coronation in 1953, even though the image on ordinary circulating coinage has since been changed four times. Each recipient of Maundy money is given two small leather purses by The Queen, one red and one white.
The first contains a small amount of ordinary coinage which symbolizes the Sovereign’s gift for food and clothing. The second purse contains Maundy coins up to the value of the Sovereign’s age. The coins are legal tender but recipients normally prefer to retain them as a keepsake.”