Yesterday was Maundy Thursday and the citizens of Oxford were delighted to welcome Her Majesty the Queen, here to distribute the annual Maundy coins to 87 deserving men and 87 deserving women, all senior citizens who had served their communities over the years and each pair representing one year of Her Majesty’s life.
I read that the English name Maundy Thursday arose from the ‘maundy purses’ of alms that have been distributed by the Kings and Queens of England on that day since the Middle Ages. Her Majesty the Queen was undertaking that wonderful role in Oxford for the fourth time in her long reign.
And talking of serving the community, Her Majesty the Queen has performed that task superbly throughout her life. The citizens of Oxford and the far wider global community are eternally grateful. Long may she reign!