What Is Royal Maundy

On 2nd April, Her Majesty The Queen will be coming to Sheffield to distribute the Royal Maundy at Sheffield Cathedral. Royal Maundy is the annual commemoration by the Monarch of the washing of the disciples’ feet by Jesus (John 13:1-17).


During the service, the Queen will distribute specially minted Maundy money to 178 recipients aged over 70 in recognition of their many years of Christian service to the Church and community.

The word 'Maundy' comes from the command or "mandatum" (Latin) by Christ at the Last Supper, to love one another.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another
— John 13:34

Royal Maundy is the only occasion where Her Majesty The Queen visits others to make awards and we look forward to welcoming her to our city.

"The Royal Maundy service is a way of honouring some of the many older people who have given significant service to their communities over many years, often in hidden ways. It will be a real delight and honour to welcome Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to the Cathedral, to the city and to South Yorkshire. "

Steven Croft, The Bishop of Sheffield