MAUNDY THURSDAYMaundy Thursday or Holy Thursday, is the beginning of the three day celebration of Easter.
Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.
During the Last Supper, Jesus washed his disciples' feet. This act has sometimes been followed literally in history as a good way of reminding rulers that they are here to serve their subjects.
The night of Maundy Thursday is the night on which Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane
In Britain today, the Queen follows a very traditional role of giving Maundy Money to a group of pensioners. The tradition of the Sovereign giving money to the poor dates from the 13th century, from the reign of Edward I.
Every year on this day, the Queen attends a Royal Maundy service in one of the many cathedrals throughout the country. 'Maundy money' is distributed to male and female pensioners from local communities near the Cathedral where the Service takes place.