King Charles and Queen Consort to visit York for Royal Maundy money tradition

They will take part in royal tradition the dates back 800 years

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla will visit Yorkshire this spring to take part in an ancient royal tradition.

The couple will visit York Minster on April 6, just one month before the Coronation. They will take part in the Maundy Thursday service, where, in a long-standing tradition, they will hand out money to selected senior citizens.

“Maundy Money” will be given out to 74 men and 74 women – the numbers signify the age of King Charles. The pensioners have been chosen to thank them for their superb service and helping to make a difference in the people of the local community’s lives.

It will be the Royal couple’s second visit to York within sixth months. In November last year, they visited the Minster to reveal a statue to the late Elizabeth II.

The last time members of the Royal family visited York Minster for a Maundy service was over a decade ago in 2012, where the Queen was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Beatrice. The Dean of York, Dominic Barrington, said: “We are honoured that His Majesty has chosen York Minster to be his cathedral church for the first Maundy Service of his reign.

“Taking place in Holy Week, this historic service symbolises, humility, care, kindness and appreciation of others. The King’s Maundy gift will be a moment of celebration and thanksgiving for 148 exceptional people who have made an impact in their communities.”