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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 13 April 2017
  2. The Queen has distributed Maundy money at Leicester Cathedral
  3. Maundy money has been distributed at every English Anglican cathedral except Leicester
  4. The ancient tradition dates back to the 13th Century
  5. Silver coins have been given to 91 men and 91 women for service to the church or community

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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Calm after the storm...

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's all gone very quiet out there now and it looks like a complete contrast to just a few hours ago. 

Thanks for joining us today.

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Specially dressed for the Queen

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Some people made a lot of effort with their outfits for the day.

These were some of the best ones that I saw.

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Queen
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Queen
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Money handed to specially selected guests

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are some photos of the service earlier as the Queen hands out the Maundy Money.

There were 182 recipients (91 women and 91 men) who were all nominated by the local diocese for their services to the church.

They were given two purses. A red one containing a new £5 coin and 50p and a white one with 91p inside made up of 1p, 2p, 3p and 4p coins. 

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Queen Maundy Service
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Special guests join the Queen

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Engelbert Humperdinck is one of those dining with the Queen this afternoon...

Engelbert Humperdinck
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The singer is from Leicester and has been awarded Freedom of the City. 

Everyone at the community lunch was invited by The Bishop of Leicester.

Crowds disperse ahead of Queen's departure

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It has really quietened down out there now - just a few people left hoping to see the Queen as she leaves St Martin's House in about an hour.

Her route out of the city hasn't been made public.

Jubilee Square
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More flowers for Queen in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I hope she's got a lot of vases at Buckingham Palace...

Queen with flowers in Leicester
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Queen greeted outside cathedral

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Some VIPs got to stand right outside the cathedral to see the Queen - it looks like she wasn't shy to approach them...

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School children join the Queen

Sonia Kataria

BBC News Online

Everyone smile!

The service finishes at Leicester Cathedral...  

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh outside Leicester Cathedral after the Royal Maundy service.
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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh outside Leicester Cathedral after the Royal Maundy service.
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Watch: Queen leaves cathedral

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Her Majesty has emerged from Leicester Cathedral following the Royal Maundy Service - she's now across the street at St Martin's House having lunch 

Cakes fit for a Queen

Sonia Kataria

BBC News Online

Time for tea and cakes?

Cakes for sale when the Queen arrives in Leicester
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Maundy money handed out

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Queen distributing Maundy money to the 91 men and 91 women at Leicester Cathedral – one for each of Her Majesty's 91 years.

Queen at Leicester Cathedral
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Service viewed on big screen

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

The crowds have been out in force for the Royal Maundy service, with many lining the route taken by the Queen since 08:00. 

Families from around the country and visitors from all over the world enthusiastically waved and cheered as she was driven to Leicester Cathedral.

Jubilee Square
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Most are now watching the service on several big screens around the city centre, while others are eagerly waiting to catch another glimpse of the Queen when the service ends.

The weather's taken a colder turn, but there's still a warm, party atmosphere around.

The flags are out for the Queen

Sonia Kataria

BBC News Online

People enjoying the morning as the Queen arrives for the Royal Maundy Service at Leicester Cathedral...

Crowds gather outside Leicester Cathedral
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Crowds gather outside Leicester Cathedral
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Crowds gather outside Leicester Cathedral
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Crowds gather outside Leicester Cathedral
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Crowds gather outside Leicester Cathedral
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Watch: Clock Tower crowds watch the service

Sonia Kataria

BBC News Online

Here on the big screen in Leicester city centre you can see the Queen taking part in the Royal Maundy Service.

Watch: Queen passing Jubilee Square

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Queen went straight past our building - we all stood and waved...

Queen in teal

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So what do we all think of the Queen's teal outfit then?

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Watch: Queen arriving at Leicester Cathedral

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

A few moments ago the Queen arrived at the Cathedral for the Royal Maundy Service...

Cathedral organ sings out

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter at County Hall, Glenfield

You can hear the Leicester Cathedral organ at the back of the BBC building as the crowds are gathered at the front...

Crowdfs gather at Jubilee Square
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Cathedral ready for the Queen

Sonia Kataria

BBC News Online

Hundreds of guests have taken their seats ahead of the Queen's arrival...

Guests at Leicester Cathedral
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Guests at Leicester Cathedral
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Queen in Leicester - watch live

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We're live in Leicester as crowds line the street to welcome the Queen ahead of the Maundy Thursday service.

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Queen arrives in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

She's here...

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Queen's arrival imminent

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Queen is due to arrive at Leicester Railway Station any time now - these people have gathered to catch the first glimpse of her.

Some have flowers in their hands...

People at Leicester Railway Station
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Watch: Arrival of cathedral guests

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester Cathedral has tweeted this video of the Royal Maundy recipients arriving...

Watch: Inside Leicester Cathedral

Dave Andrews

BBC Radio Leicester

I'm inside Leicester Cathedral ahead of the Queen's arrival for the Royal Maundy Service...

Watch: The Yeoman of the Guard arriving

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Yeoman of the Guard have arrived at Leicester Cathedral...

Watch: Aerial view from Haymarket Shopping Centre

Sonia Kataria

BBC News Online

Crowds of people line the streets around the Clock Tower to see the Queen...

Watch: Have you seen the Queen before?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

People that have come to see the Queen in Leicester tell the BBC they haven't seen her before.

Latvian family embrace royal visit

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

These people, originally from Latvia but now living in Leicester, say this is the first time they will see the Queen. 

They're pretty excited.

Latvian family
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Royal Maundy Service: Flags at the ready

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It wouldn't be a royal visit without the traditional Union Jack flags would it?

This gang of royal admirers are looking very cheerful in Jubilee Square this morning.

People with flags
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Royal masks on show

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Oh... for a minute then I thought the Queen had arrived early. 

Masks of Queen and Prince Phillip
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Great masks out on show along the route.

About the Royal Maundy Service

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The main purpose of the visit is the Royal Maundy Service.

The service has been hosted in every cathedral across the country during the Queen’s reign - apart from Leicester. We are the last city to host it.

Leicester Cathedral
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Maundy Thursday is generally the Thursday before Easter and is remembered by Christians as the day of the Last Supper.

The word "maundy" comes from the command (mandate) given by Christ at the Last Supper, that we should love one another.

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Part of the service involves the distribution of "Maundy money". It's given to senior citizens that have done service to their community.

The coins are made especially for the celebration and are inside red and white purses.

The number of people to receive them is reflected by the age of the monarch. As the Queen is due to turn 91 later this month, there will be 91 male and 91 female recipients today.

Queen's time in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Let me tell you a bit more about the Queen's itinerary for her day in Leicester...

She'll be driven to Leicester Cathedral via Humberstone Gate West, High Street and Jubilee Square.

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The Maundy Thursday service is then expected to start at 11:00 and will last one hour.

Leicester Cathedral
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Following the service the Queen will attend a lunch in the Grand Hall at St Martin's House.

Among those sharing a table with her will be Sir Alec Jeffreys (the man behind DNA profiling).

Early birds gather for Queen visit

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Some people have already arrived to catch a glimpse of the Queen as she's driven to the cathedral...

People in Jubilee Square
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Preparations under way for Queen's arrival

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Preparations for the Queen's visit have started early - railings have been put up along the route with a large presence of security guards and police.

Jubilee Square ahead of Queen's visit
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It was even a struggle for me to get into the BBC Leicester building...

Railings outside BBC Leicester
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Join us for today's royal visit coverage

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Good morning Leicestershire - today is Maundy Thursday and the Queen will be visiting Leicester Cathedral for a traditional service where she distributes Maundy money.

As it is such a special day, this live page will be just about the royal visit - well it's not everyday the Queen comes to town is it?

Queen on Maundy Thursday
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If you are one of the thousands of people expected to line the street to see Her Royal Highness please get in touch and share your photos - you can send them by Facebook, Twitter or email.