A Newbiggin woman who met the Queen described the occasion as being a ‘never to be forgotten experience’.
Josie Armstrong was one of 180 recipients – 90 men and 90 women – chosen to receive Maundy money from the Monarch in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
On her return home, she said: “From beginning to end, it was a wonderful day and a never to be forgotten experience. The organisation and timing throughout the ceremony was unbelievable and I was mesmerised.”
Josie, who has always been interested in the history of the Royal family, particularly the Tudors, received two small leather string purses, one red the other white.
In the red purse was a £5 coin and a 50p piece; in the white purse was 90p – the same number of pence as the years of the sovereign’s age.
She said: “It was a privilege to receive the gifts from Her Majesty who is not only the head of our country but also the head of our church. It was nice to be close to a person of such stature.”