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The Queen has had to break with tradition for one of her “most rewarding functions as a sovereign” and uses the post to send her annual Maundy money.

Each year on Good Thursday, Her Majesty distributes specially minted coins to retirees across the UK to recognize their community spirit.

This year, the service was canceled due to coronavirus.

Undated document published by Buckingham Palace showing Jane Armstrong, 76, of Durham. In her local community of Bishop Auckland, Jane runs crisis support groups and food banks, and received an MBE from The Queen for community work in 1996. She was one of 188 recipients of a letter from Queen Elizabeth II with the Maundy gift of a specially struck money purse, which is generally given in person to the Royal Maundy Service of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Photo PA. Issuing date: T
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Jane Armstrong, 76, of Durham, where she leads crisis support groups and food banks

Instead, to mark the occasion this year, the 188 recipients who should have attended the Royal Maundy Service in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle received the traditional £ 5 coin and a 50 pence coin in a bag. hand, as well as a letter from the Queen.

In the personal letter, she noted her disappointment that the service was not taking place as usual.

It read: “It is my great pleasure to send you the Maundy gift which I unfortunately cannot distribute to you personally.

“This ancient Christian ceremony, which reflects Jesus’ instruction to his disciples to love one another, is a call to service for others, something that has been central to my life. I believe this is a call to service for all of us. . “

The Queen has already spoken of how her own Christian faith was an inspiration and an anchor for her during her 68 year reign.

Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper and how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples.

In her letter, the Queen described the importance of service to her, writing: “It is one of my most rewarding duties as Sovereign to observe this very important ceremony at such an important time on the calendar Christian.

“I know that you, as the recipient of this year’s Maundy gift, will be as deeply disappointed as I am not, while understanding the decision necessary in the current circumstances.

Undated document published by Buckingham Palace showing Thomas Brock, 101, of Sunbury-on-Thames. Thomas is the oldest active bell ringer in the world, ringing his local church, St MaryÕs, Sunbury-on-Thames, since the age of 7. The only time he could not be heard ringing the bells was during the Second World War, when he was a prisoner of war. He is the longest-standing recipient of Maundy Silver this year. He was one of 188 recipients of a letter from Queen Elizabeth II with the
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Thomas Brock, 101, the oldest active bell ringer in the world
Undated document published by Buckingham Palace showing the Reverend Hilary Murphy. She was one of 188 recipients of a letter from Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by the Maundy gift of a specially minted sack of money which is usually given in person at the Royal Maundy Service at St. George's Chapel, at Chateau de Windsor. Photo PA. Issue date: Thursday April 9, 2020. See the story of PA ROYAL Maundy. Photo credit should read: Buckingham Palace / PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This photo for distribution cannot be used
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Reverend Hilary Murphy, one of 188 recipients of a letter from the Queen, as well as the Maundy gift of a specially struck silver purse

“However, that should not mean that your precious contribution to the community goes unnoticed, and I send this holy gift to thank you for your Christian service. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during these difficult times. “

Those who receive Maundy gifts are normally over 70 years of age and are appointed by their local dioceses for their exceptional contributions to their local church and community life.

Undated document published by Buckingham Palace showing Bill Allen, 100, of Chelmsford. Bill was an expedition rider with General Montgomery during the Second World War, and is a loyal ambassador for the Royal British Legion. He was one of 188 recipients of a letter from Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by the Maundy gift of a specially minted sack of money which is usually given in person at the Royal Maundy Service at St. George's Chapel, at Chateau de Windsor. Photo PA. Issue date: Thursday April 9, 2020. See the history of AP RO
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Bill Allen, 100, of Chelmsford. He was an expedition pilot with General Montgomery during World War II and is another recipient
Undated document published by Buckingham Palace showing Jim Byers. He was one of 188 recipients of a letter from Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by the Maundy gift of a specially minted sack of money which is usually given in person at the Royal Maundy Service at St. George's Chapel, at Chateau de Windsor. Photo PA. Issue date: Thursday April 9, 2020. See the story of PA ROYAL Maundy. Photo credit should read: Buckingham Palace / PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This photo for distribution can only be used for editorial repo
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Jim Byers, who also received the Maundy gift

The palace posted photos of the coins and some of the worthy recipients on their social media.

Among them is Thomas Brock of Sunbury-on-Thames, 101, and the oldest active bell ringer in the world.

Undated document published by Buckingham Palace showing specially minted Maundy money, usually given in person to the Royal Maundy Service at St. GeorgeGs Chapel, Windsor Castle, but this year mailed to 188 recipients with a letter from Queen Elizabeth II. Photo PA. Issue date: Thursday April 9, 2020. See the story of PA ROYAL Maundy. Photo credit should read: Buckingham Palace / PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This photo for distribution can only be used for editorial purposes.
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Specially Minted Maundy Money Usually Given In Person To The Royal Maundy Service
Undated document published by Buckingham Palace showing the letter from Queen Elizabeth II sent to 188 recipients with the Maundy gift of a specially minted bag of money which is more generally given in person to the Royal Maundy Service in St. Chapel George's, Windsor Castle. Photo PA. Issue date: Thursday April 9, 2020. See the story of PA ROYAL Maundy. Photo credit should read: Buckingham Palace / PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This photo for distribution can only be used for editorial reporting.
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The Queen’s letter sent to 188 Maundy gift recipients

He rang at his local church, St Mary’s, since the age of seven and the only time he could not be heard ringing was during the Second World War while he was a prisoner of war .

This year, the £ 5 coin in commemorative awards is in recognition of the poet William Wordsworth’s 250th birthday, while the 50 pence coin honors the Great Britain’s Olympic team.

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