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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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  1. 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.

    Jubilee Square
  2. 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.

    Queen
    Queen
    Queen
  3. 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. 

    Queen Maundy Service
    Queen Maundy Service
    Queen Maundy Service
  4. Special guests join the Queen

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

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

    Engelbert Humperdinck

    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.

  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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...

    Queen in Leicester
  8. 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.
    Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh outside Leicester Cathedral after the Royal Maundy service.
  9. 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 

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    Video caption: Her Majesty has emerged from Leicester Cathedral following the Royal Maundy Service
  10. Cakes fit for a Queen

    Sonia Kataria

    BBC News Online

    Time for tea and cakes?

    Cakes for sale when the Queen arrives in Leicester
  11. 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
  12. 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

    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.

  13. 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
    Crowds gather outside Leicester Cathedral
    Crowds gather outside Leicester Cathedral
    Crowds gather outside Leicester Cathedral
    Crowds gather outside Leicester Cathedral
  14. 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.

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    Video caption: The Queen takes part in the Royal Maundy Service at Leicester Cathedral...
  15. Watch: Queen passing Jubilee Square

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

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

    Video content

    Video caption: The Queen went straight passed our building - we all stood and waved
  16. Queen in teal

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

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

    Queen
  17. 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...

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    Video caption: A few moments ago the Queen arrived at the Cathedral for the Royal Maundy Service
  18. 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
  19. 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
    Guests at Leicester Cathedral
  20. 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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