A pastoral chaplain and steward at St Asaph Cathedral is to receive Maundy Money from Her Majesty, The Queen.
Sue Last, a regular worshipper at St Asaph Cathedral and Chaplain at St Kentigern’s Hospice, will travel to St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle for a special service on Maundy Thursday (18 April).
Mrs Last will be one of 93 people from across the UK selected to receive the silver coins in recognition of their service to the community. The number of people chosen reflects the age of the Sovereign.
Sue said: “It is an amazing honour to be nominated as a recipient of Maundy Money. I have been to Windsor Castle as a tourist, but I’ve never been invited to attend a service in the Chapel.
“I’m looking forward to going with my son, Andrew, to the service and meeting Her Majesty.”
Maundy Money started in the reign of Charles II with an undated issue of hammered coins in 1662. The coins were a four penny, three penny, two penny and one penny piece but it was not until 1670 that a dated set of all four coins appeared.
Today, recipients of Maundy Money receive two small purses: A red purse is given containing money in lieu of food and clothing, while a white purse is given containing the ceremonial Maundy coins, which consist of the same number of pence as the years of the sovereign’s age.
Originally those receiving the money were poor but today recipients are chosen based on service to their local community.