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Princess Royal enjoys fashion and football on her visit to Manchester

Private White VC Manchester Store Credit: Private White VC

HRH the Princess Royal has been in Manchester today.

Princess Ann visited the upmarket clothing company Private White V.C.

Company owner James Eden and HRH the Princess Royal

The company based in Salford can trace its roots back to the First World War and was once owned by a holder of the VC.

Princess Royal visits the Etihad Credit: MCFC

The Princess Royal then visited the Etihad stadium to visit Manchester City's 'City in the Community' project which aims to strengthen community ties.

Princess Royal meets Mike Swindells Credit: MCFC

The Princess Royal met former Private Mike Swindells, 27, from Wythenshawe.

Mike was seriously injured after he stepped on an improvised explosive device while on a routine patrol in Helmand province.

He has since become an integral part of the Club’s ‘One City’ disability project, which has helped more than 8,000 disabled people get involved in sport over the past three years.

Camilla to open new park in Chester

The Duchess of Cornwall Credit: PA

The Duchess of Cornwall will be officially opening a new park in Chester today.

Countess of Chester Country Park Credit: Mike T Jones

The Countess of Chester Country Park has been built on a former landfill site close to the city's hospital.

Countess of Chester Country Park Credit: Mike T Jones

Camilla will be unveiling a plaque and a sculpture to mark the occasion.

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Everton charity boss gets MBE in Birthday Honours

Everton in the Community Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of Everton Football Club, Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

She's being awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for “services to the Merseyside community”.

Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale

Since her appointment, the official charity of Everton Football Club has received a plethora of local, national and international awards in recognition of the life-changing work it undertakes in the community on a daily basis.

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What is Maundy money?

Example of Maundy money Credit: PA

The Queen commemorates Maundy by offering "alms" to senior citizens recommended by clergy and ministers of all denominations, in recognition of their service to the Church and to the local community.

During the service the Queen gives out the Maundy money to 88 men and 88 women - one for each of her 88 years.

Each recipient receives two purses, one red and one white.

This year the red purse contains a £5 coin, commemorating the 300th anniversary of Queen Anne's reign and a 50p coin commemorating the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

The white purse contains specially minted Maundy money.

This takes the form of one, two, three and four silver penny pieces, the sum of which equals the number of years of the monarch's age.

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