Mary Adlard was one of the recipients of this year’s Maundy Money. The Queen gives purses containing special money to deserving senior citizen in a traditional Ceremony of the Royal Maundy.
Each year on the Thursday before Easter Sunday, The Queen gives out gifts related to her age. This year, as she was 94 on Maundy Thursday, so she gave out 94 pence worth of Maundy money to 94 men and 94 women in recognition for their contribution to community and to the church. There is also another small monetary gift originally intended for clothes and food.
Given the current circumstances, the Royal Maundy Service 2021 could not go ahead this year. Instead the Maundy money was blessed at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, before being posted to recipients alongside a letter from The Queen. This meant recipients could still receive their Maundy money and purses, and instead mark the special occasion from their homes.
Mary said, “This was indeed an honour and I am most sincerely grateful. It was such a shame that the service at Westminster Abbey had to be cancelled, the ceremony would have been fantastic and I would have loved to hear the choir from the Chapel Royal sing.”