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The Queen takes part in her 60th Maundy coin ceremony

By Dave Higgens

The Queen has handed out commemorative Maundy coins for the 60th time as she undertook the pre-Easter tradition in Sheffield Cathedral.

Thousands of people were waiting outside the city centre cathedral when the Queen arrived by car with the Duke of Edinburgh for the ancient ceremony.

Wearing a turquoise coat and hat, she handed out two purses to each of the 89 men and 89 women who made up this year's recipients.

The Royal Maundy was traditionally about giving alms to poor pensioners. Today's recipients are recommended by the Church for their service to the community.

D-Day veteran Denis Gratton (91), from Sheffield, said: "It was just quick. I'm not very good at hearing. She did say something but I'm not sure what it were."

Patricia Durkin (72) said: "It was brilliant, absolutely wonderful. When I got here the atmosphere was tremendous."

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