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Maundy money recipient says she was surprised to get her letter

Rosemary Benn volunteers as a guide at Leicester Cathedral. Credit: ITV News Central

An 81-year-old woman from Leicester says it was "a great surprise" to find out she would be meeting The Queen at the Royal Maundy Service.

Rosemary Benn is one of nearly 200 people chosen to receive Maundy money from Queen Elizabeth II when she visits Leicester Cathedral.

The Queen marks Maundy Thursday by giving out special commemorative coins to local pensioners recognised for their church and community work.

Mrs Benn says she was surprised to open the letter telling her she would be a part of the service.

Mrs Benn was born in Tobago but came to England in 1957 to work as a nurse.

She had a change of profession when she moved to Leicester, training as a teacher and working in a range of schools and special educational needs.

When she retired in 1996, she joined Leicester Cathedral and was made a Lay Canon helping out with services and reading lessons.

She also volunteers as a cathedral guide showing people around the major sites which are linked to King Richard III.

The Queen will observe the ancient tradition of handing out Maundy money to a group of 91 men and 91 women from the local community.

Mrs Benn says she is doubtful she will get the chance to speak to Her Majesty with so many people to talk to during the service.

When we asked her what she is going to do with the money she said "Keep it. I would never spend that, anyway it only comes to about £7!"

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