The Queen visits York for the annual Maundy Thursday service
PUBLISHED: 01:28 27 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:19 20 February 2013
Well-wishers lined the streets of York to welcome the Queen back to the city for the first time since 2005
Thousands of people welcomed the Queen as she arrived in York to mark not only her 60-year reign but also a major milestone in the ancient citys history.
She chose to come to York for the annual Maundy Thursday service as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations and to mark the citys 800th anniversary of its Royal Charter.
The Queen, her husband the Duke of Edinburgh and their granddaughter Princess Beatrice arrived in bright sunshine at York railway station and then took a short car journey to Micklegate Bar, the traditional entrance to the city used by royalty since 1212.
The royal party drove on to York Minster where the Queen, dressed in an Angela Kelly turquoise and white day dress with matching hat and coat, distributed Maundy money to pensioners from around the UK in recognition of their services to the community and the church.
The hour-long Maundy service was held in front of a 1,800-strong congregation in the Minster and saw 86 men and 86 women one for each of the Queens 86 years receive two purses onr red and one white.
The red purse contained a 5 coin commemorating the Diamond Jubilee and a newly minted 50p coin. The white purse contained Maundy money of silver one, two, three and four pence pieces.
Afterwards the Queen was the special guest at a civic luncheon at the Mansion House, the Lord Mayors official residence. The Lord Mayor of York, Coun David Horton, presented her with a gift of chocolates to mark the citys long association with the confectionery industry.
She presented the Lord Mayor with a new cap of maintenance. The significance of the hat dates back to 1393 when King Richard II presented the first one and stipulated that it should not be taken off in front of God or King.
The royal party then went on to the Yorkshire Museum to see a new exhibition in the medieval gallery celebrating the 800th anniversary of York receivng its Royal Charter amd the authority to administer its own affairs.
The print version of this article appeared in the May 2012 issue of Yorkshire Life
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