Queen presents money to pensioners at Maundy service

The Queen commemorates Maundy by offering "alms" to senior citizens Credit: PA wire

The Queen, joined by the Duke Edinburgh, has presented money to pensioners at the traditional Royal Maundy Thursday service.

Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets outside Blackburn Cathedral in Lancashire to welcome the royal party to the service which dates back to the 13th century.

Crowds wait for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh outside Blackburn Cathedral Credit: PA wire

The Queen distributed Maundy money to senior citizens, including retired pensioners who have been recognised by the clergy and ministers for their service to the church and local authority.

Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day on the Thursday before Easter to commemorate the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ Credit: PA wire

During the service 88 men and 88 women received a coin for each of the Queen's 88 years of reigning. Each pensioner was also given a white purse and red purse to mark the celebration.