The Queen's visit to York

The Queen visited York to distribute Maundy Money at the Minster on April 5, 2012.

Queen’s visit to York Minster set in stone

York Press: Dave Lamb with the pedestal and canopy recording the Queen’s Jubilee visit to York Minster

9:31am Saturday 1st December 2012

A RECORD of the Queen’s visit to York Minster during her Jubilee year is being set in stone.

The Queen sends Lord Mayor letter of thanks

York Press: Live news, views and pictures as the Queen visits York today.

10:01am Thursday 19th April 2012

THE QUEEN and the Duke of Edinburgh have written to the Lord Mayor of York, thanking him for the warm welcome they received during this month’s royal visit.

The Queen in York: A day to remember

York Press: The Queen smiles during her tour of the Yorkshire Museum

10:00am Friday 6th April 2012

FIFTEEN thousand people packed into York city centre for a hugely successful Maundy Thursday visit by the Queen.

Warmest of welcomes for the Queen in York

York Press: The Queen arrives at Micklegate Bar and is greeted by the historic Sigismund Sword before she enters the city flanked by Prince Philip and Lord Crathorne

9:36am Friday 6th April 2012

MAXINE GORDON spent the morning among the traders and crowds of Micklegate as they prepared to welcome the Queen.

Queen in York: ‘I will remember it forever’

York Press: The Queen arrives at the Mansion House and is greeted by the Lord Mayor of York, Coun David Horton

9:08am Friday 6th April 2012

HUNDREDS packed into St Helen’s Square to see the Royal party arrive for the civic lunch.

Thousands line the streets to see the Queen

York Press: The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Dr John Sentamu, the  Archbishop of York, and the Dean of York, the Very Rev Keith Jones

9:00am Friday 6th April 2012

THERE was a festive atmosphere as thousands of people lined the streets around the Minster in bright spring sunshine to catch a glimpse of the Royal party.

Paint a picture of the Queen and win a bike

9:01am Friday 6th April 2012

TO mark the Queen’s visit to York and her Diamond Jubilee, The Press today launches a competition for a young artist to paint or draw a portrait of the Queen.

Coverage of The Queen's visit to York

York Press: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh with the Archbishop and Dean of York.

7.00pm - Thank you everyone for the tweets, pics and feedback on this fantastic day for York. We're leaving the live coverage now but have added more stories, pics and a video to the homepage.

Queen in York: Monarch visits 1212 show

York Press: The Queen receives flowers from children outside the Yorkshire Museum

6:01pm Thursday 5th April 2012

A NEW exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum marking York 800 has won the Royal seal of approval.

Queen in York: Royals greet youngsters in Micklegate

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6:02pm Thursday 5th April 2012

“SO lovely to see you. Aren’t you looking gorgeous?”

Last-minute touches before the Queen's visit

York Press: From left, Maureen White, Marilyn Kirkham and Evelyn Pennington, of York Flower Club, at work on the blooms in the Mansion House for today’s visit by the Queen

9:40am Thursday 5th April 2012

LAST minute preparations for the royal visit were continuing early today, ahead of the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Beatrice’s arrival in York.

Follow the visit with The Press

York Press: Bar Salvation to repoen as dual purpose venue

10:02am Wednesday 4th April 2012

Our team of reporters and photographers will be providing comprehensive coverage of the Queen’s visit.

Queen's visit: York man in role of royal bodyguard

York Press: Yeoman of the Guard Ernest Sawdon, from York, looks at memorabilia from  previous occasions where he guarded the Queen during royal visits

8:57am Wednesday 4th April 2012

A ROYAL bodyguard will welcome the Queen to his home city as she visits York Minster for the distribution of the Royal Maundy money tomorrow.

Queen's visit: Kersten England to write a new chapter in city’s history

York Press: City of York Council chief executive, Kersten England, dressed in her official robes, prepares to meet the Queen at the Mansion House

8:54am Wednesday 4th April 2012

COUNCIL boss Kersten England has spoken of the great honour she will feel when she makes history by welcoming the Queen to York.

York musicians set for the performance of their lives

York Press: Marcus Bousfield, left, with York Arts Academy string quartet members Owen Jeffrey-Parkinson, Oscar Hughes and Ela Portanoy, rehearse at Millthorpe School

9:54am Wednesday 4th April 2012

YOUNG York musicians are practising for the performance of their lives as they prepare to play for the Queen.

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The main coverage (and pictures) of the visit were featured in the newspaper printed on Friday, April 6.

The Queen of Hearts supplement was published on Saturday, April 7.

What is Maundy money?

In total 172 people have been invited to receive the specially minted coins, known as Maundy money, from the Queen at the traditional service at York Minster in April.

Eighty-six men and 86 women, one for each year the Queen has been alive, have been nominated by the church, many from within the diocese of York, a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said.

Every year at Easter, the Queen presents Maundy Money to pensioners in a UK cathedral or abbey, in recognition of their service to their community and church.

The tradition of the Sovereign giving money to the poor dates from the 13th century, when the monarch also gave food and clothing, and even washed the recipients’ feet, but that tradition died out after James II.

Since the 15th century, the number of Maundy coins handed out, and the number of people receiving them, has been related to the sovereign’s age, so there were 85 male and 85 female recipients at Westminster Abbey last year, who received a white purse containing 85p in Maundy coins and a red purse containing a £5 coin and a 50p piece.

The coins have remained in much the same form since 1670, traditionally struck in sterling silver.

While the Queen’s face on ordinary coins has changed three times, Maundy coins still bear the portrait from the year of her coronation in 1953.

The Queen has also attended Maundy services elsewhere in North Yorkshire: at Selby Abbey in 1969, and at Ripon Cathedral in 1985.

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The Queen's day in York

10.30am: The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Beatrice to arrive at York train station.

10.50am - Micklegate Bar: The royal party are due to be greeted by a civic party led by the City of York Council’s chief executive, Kersten England, and will walk through the city’s traditional entrance at Micklegate Bar. They will then be driven along Micklegate on a clearly barriered route between there and York Minster.

10.55am - York Minster: The royal party is due to arrive at the Minster where they will attend the Royal Maundy service. The Queen will distribute Maundy money at the service to 86 men and 86 women as part of an annual Easter tradition. The party will leave from the Great West Door.

1pm - Mansion House: The royal party is due to arrive for a private, invitation-only, meal at the Mansion House. This will be attended by the civic party, winners of The Press Community Pride Awards and other local figures including the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, and the leaders of York’s political parties.

2.30pm - Yorkshire Museum: The royal party is due to arrive at the Yorkshire Museum, where they will see the exhibition "1212: Making of the City", which marks the 800th anniversary of York becoming a self-governing city.

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