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Queen and the Pope carry on traditions

By Alexander Britton

The Queen was in high spirits as she distributed Maundy money yesterday - a tradition dating back to the 13th century.

Accompanied by the Duke Of Edinburgh, she gave coins to 91 men and 91 women at Leicester Cathedral.

Hundreds of well-wishers lined the route from Leicester station to the cathedral - where the last Plantagenet king, Richard III, is buried - in a bid to catch a glimpse of the royal visitors.

The Queen, wearing a deep jade dress, matching coat and hat by Angela Kelly, gave two bags to each of the 182 recipients, who were chosen in recognition of the service they have provided to the community and church.

Among them was Ted Cassidy, who said: "It's been such a wonderful occasion - she's amazing because she smiled at every single person and then spoke to the children at the end. I thought, 'She's just incredible, a wonderful woman'."

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