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Queen's purses for pensioners

The Queen visited Oxford today to hand out Maundy purses to pensioners.

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Queen arrives for Maundy service

Queen Elizabeth II meets The Very Reverend Christopher Lewis as she arrives at Christ Church in Oxford for the Royal Maundy service. Credit: PA

The Queen presented Maundy money today to pensioners who have worked tirelessly for their communities.

Joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, she distributed the traditional coins during the annual Royal Maundy service which this year was held in Oxford for the first time in almost 400 years.

Charles I was the last monarch to carry out the ceremony in the city in 1642 and 1643 when his court was established there during the Civil War.

Within Oxford's ancient Christ Church cathedral, the Queen handed out the famous red and white purses of money to 87 women and 87 men - as she is now in her 87th year.

Queen Elizabeth II meets The Very Reverend Christopher Lewis as she arrives at Christ Church in Oxford for the Royal Maundy service. Credit: PA

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