Queen Elizabeth Birthday

April 21, 2011 by staff 

Queen Elizabeth, (AP) – It is the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, but she is the delivery of gifts. For the first time, Elizabeth’s birthday coincided with Holy Thursday, the day marking Jesus’ last supper, when the Queen traditionally given special coins like many men and women of the years of her life.

So this year men and women, 85 received two purses during the ceremony at Westminster Abbey. The red containing 5 pounds (and 8) of the coin to commemorate the th birthday of her husband Prince Philip and a 50 pence coin marking the 2012 London Olympics. White held specially minted money Holy One, two, three and four pence pieces, making a total of 85 pence.

The ceremony comes just a week before the grandson of the monarch is due to marry Kate Middleton in a ceremony seen by hundreds of millions, and served as a kind of rehearsal for the big event.

It gave the musicians and choirs of the Abbey and the Royal Chapel of King to perform in public, while the technicians were able to test the cameras, lighting and other equipment.

“Ghost” comes from the word “mandatum”, the “new commandment” to love one another that Jesus did at the Last Supper, as recorded in the Bible John 13:34.

Real de Santo ceremonies dating from the 12, but the custom of the monarch to wash the feet of others as Jesus ended the reign of James II in the 18th century.

“Like many people I was a little hazy on the details, but it is an ancient ceremony that I am proud to be part,” said one recipient, Henry Hely-Hutchinson, 85.

He recalled attending one real chance – party of Queen turns 18 in Windsor Castle. He was one of four students at a local school invited, he says, “to make the numbers.”

“It was a glamorous occasion in the midst of wartime when there were many celebrations going on,” he said.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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