A red purse contains ordinary coins, while a white one contains silver Maundy coins
, amounting to the same number of pence as the years of the sovereign's age.
The second purse contains Maundy coins
up to the value of the Sovereign's age.
THE Queen has handed out commemorative Maundy coins
for the 60th time as she undertook the pre-Easter tradition in Sheffield Cathedral.
The Queen will undertake the pre-Easter tradition of handing out commemorative Royal Maundy coins
today for the 60th time since her accession to the throne.
Hundreds of well-wishers watched yesterday as 88 men and 88 women, symbolic of her 88 years, received Maundy coins
- also matching her age - in a white purse and others in a red one for service to church and community.
The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and handed two purses to each pensioner, a red purse containing a Au5 coin celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Accession of Henry VIII and a 50p coin to celebrate the founding of Kew Gardens and a white purse containing 83p in Maundy coins
. All the coins were minted this year.
One, a red purse, contains - in ordinary coinage - money for food and clothing; the other, a white purse, contains silver Maundy coins
consisting of the same number of pence as the years of the sovereign's age.
The Queen distributed silver Maundy coins
to 80 men and 80 women - signifying her age - at the service which marks a tradition dating back to at least the 12th century.
The Monarch distributed silver Maundy coins
to 80 men and 80 women - to signify her age at the landmark birthday next Friday - at a service marking a tradition dating back to at least the 12th century.
The first, a white one, contains 80p in Maundy coins
, reflecting her age on her forthcoming birthday.
She distributed silver Maundy coins
to 81 men and 81 women ( to signify her age at her birthday on April 21 ( at the Easter Week service marking a tradition dating back to at least the 12th Century.
Great events have included the service of completion for Liverpool Cathedral in 1978, the earlier opening of the second Mersey Tunnel, and a return to the cathedral two years ago to hand out the traditional royal Maundy coins