Patricia Peirson, a 90-year-old great-grandmother of five, was one of 87 men and 87 women who received Maundy money from the Queen at a service in Oxford.
She said: "I was amazed to be nominated. I never would have aspired to something like this. I'm very pleased.
"I'm going to save the money and give it to my great-grandchildren."
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The boxer said it was the "least he could do" and even donated the £30,000 shorts he wore in his last fight against Devon Alexander.
By Sunday it should become drier with spells of winter sunshine but temperatures will still remain on the cool side.