Anglia Archive: The Queen in Ely in 1987

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee 2012 Credit: ITV

In 1987 Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire was the personal choice of the Queen as the venue for the traditional Maundy money ceremony.

Every year at Easter The Queen presents special Maundy money to local pensioners. The presentation takes place on Maundy Thursday in recognition of the service of elderly people to their community and their church.

In 2012 two purses of 'Maundy money' were given to 86 men and 86 women – a white purse containing 86p in Maundy coins and a red purse containing £5 coin and 50p piece.

Other Maundy money ceremonies in the Anglia region:

  • 1957 - St Albans Abbey

  • 1963 - Chelmsford Cathedral

  • 1975 - Peterborough Cathedral

  • 1987 - Ely Cathedral

  • 1996 - Norwich Cathedral

  • 2009 - St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds