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Keyl reported in a letter that he had learned from Sir Edwin Landseer that 'The Queen was quite delighted with my Lambs brought them herself with her own hands into his bedroom – thought it quite Preraphaelite'.
Signed and dated: F.W. Keyl / 1868.

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Set of 4 Maundy coins, 2002 2002

RCIN 444221

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Royal Maundy is one of the oldest ceremonies retained in the Church of England. In the Middle Ages, English monarchs washed the feet of beggars in imitation of Jesus and presented gifts and money to the poor on Maundy Thursday.

This evolved into the tradition of giving Maundy coins. The Queen takes part in the Ceremony of the Royal Maundy by giving ‘alms’ (Maundy money) to retired pensioners recommended by clergy and ministers of all denominations.