01:46PM, Thursday 24 March 2016
A Maundy Thursday tradition came to Windsor for the first time since 1959 today.
The Queen attended the Royal Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh.
The Queen distributed Maundy coins to pensioners, a tradition dating back to the 15th century.
It celebrates the Christian holy day of Maundy Thursday, which commemorates the Maundy and last supper of Jesus Christ and the apostles.
The 180 recipients of the Maundy money are retired pensioners who have been recommended in recognition of their service to the church and community.
This year the commemorative coins were handed out to 90 men and 90 women to mark the Queen’s upcoming 90th birthday.
Tim O'Donovan, 84, received the honour for the first time for his work as a lay steward at St George’s Chapel, where he worked since 1978 until last year.
He has also organised more than 10 exhibitions commemorating royal anniversaries.
Speaking to the Express before the service Tim, who has lived in Datchet for 42 years, said: “I do miss it but I go back there quite a bit.
“It’ll be very nice to go back. It is unusual this year that people from all over the country will be coming. It is usually just people from one diocese.”
Jan Hackworth, from St George’s Chapel, also received Maundy money.
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