Thursday, 28 March 2019

Royals Attendance at the Royal Maundy Service

The Royal Maundy service takes place each year on the Thursday before Easter.

The Royal Maundy service is an important event for the Queen as she is head of the Church of England.  The Queen attends annually and was joined by Prince Philip before his retirement in 2017. The service in 1952 was the Queen first public engagement after her accession. In the early years of her reign, the Queen followed the tradition of past monarchs and held the service in London each year. The honor of hosting the Royal Maundy service would rotate between different London Churches.

Between 1957 & 1970, The Queen started alternating the Maundy Thursday service between Westminister Abbey & churches outside London. After 1970, The Queen decided to hold the service at Westminister Abbey once a decade to allow her to visit more of England. The Westminister Abbey service is always on the year ending in 1 as that is a milestone birthday year for the Queen. 

In 2017, The Queen completed her goal of attending the Royal Maundy service at all England's 40+ Anglican Cathedrals. Since then the service has been held at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the Queen holds her month-long Easter Court. Except for years ending in 1, when the service is held at Westminister Abbey. 

Note: The Court Circular on Royal.UK only goes back to 1997. So, attendance before that may not be complete, especially for Prince Philip.

2010s
YearQueenCharles
OtherNotes
2029


2028


2027


2026


2025


2024


2023


2022



2021x
Canceled due to the Coronavirus.
Was Scheduled to be held at Westminister Abbey in Windsor.
2020x
Canceled due to the Coronavirus.
Was Scheduled to be held at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor.


2010s
Year Queen Philip Other Notes
2019 x Princess Eugenie Held at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor.
2018 x
Held at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor.
Prince Philip canceled due to hip problems.
2017 x x Held at Leicester Cathedral.
Completed goal of attending Maundy Thursday service at all England's 40+ Anglican Cathedrals.
2016 x x Held at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor.
2015 x x Held at Sheffield Cathedral.
2014 x x Held at Blackburn Cathedral.
2013 x x Held at Christ Church Cathedral, in Oxford. 
2012xxPrincess Beatrice Held at York Minster, in York.
Queen's Diamond Jubilee year. 
2011 x x Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
Queen's 85th Birthday.
2010 x x Held at Derby Cathedral. 

2000s
Year Queen Philip Other Notes
2009xxHeld at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
2008xxHeld at St. Patrick's Cathedral, in Armagh.
First time the service ever took place in Northern Ireland.
2007xxHeld at Manchester Cathedral. 
2006xxHeld at Guildford Cathedral.
2005xxHeld at Wakefield Cathedral.
2004xxHeld at Liverpool Cathedral.
2003xxHeld at Gloucester Cathedral.
2002xxHeld at Canterbury Cathedral.
2001xxHeld at Westminster Abbey, in London. 
2000xxHeld at Lincoln Cathedral.

1990s
Year Queen Philip Other Notes
1999 x x Held at Bristol Cathedral.
1998 x x Held at Portsmouth Cathedral.
1997x x Held at Bradford Cathedral.
1996x x Held at Norwich Cathedral. 
1995x x Held at Coventry Cathedral.
1994x x Held at Truro Cathedral.
1993x x Held at Wells Cathedral.
1992x x Held at Chester Cathedral.
1991x x Held at Westminster Abbey.
1990x Held at St Nicholas Cathedral, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

1980s
Year Queen Philip Other Notes
1989 x x Held at St Philip's Cathedral, in Birmingham.
1988 x x Held at Lichfield Cathedral.
1987x x Held at Ely Cathedral.
1986 x x Held at Chichester Cathedral.
1985 x x Held at Ripon Cathedral.
1984 x x Held at Southwell Minster.
1983 x x Held at Exeter Cathedral.
1982 x x Held at St. David's Cathedral, in Wales.
1981 x Held at Westminster Abbey.
1980 x x Held at Worcester Cathedral.

1970s
Year Queen Philip Other Notes
1979 x x Held at Winchester Cathedral.
1978x x Held at Carlisle Cathedral.
1977 x x Held at Westminster Abbey.
1976 x x Held at Hereford Cathedral.
1975 x Held at Peterborough Cathedral.
1974 x x Held at Salisbury Cathedral.
1973 x x Held at Westminster Abbey.
1972 x Held at York Minster.
1971 x Held at Tewkesbury Abbey.
1970
Queen Mum Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
Queen was in New Zealand

1960s
Year Queen Philip Other Notes
1969 x x Held at Selby Abbey
1968 x x Prince Charles Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
1967 x Held at Durham Cathedral. 
1966 x x Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
1965 x x Held at Canterbury Cathedral
1964
Princess Mary
(Queen Elizabeth's aunt)
Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
Queen was absent due to Prince Edward's recent birth.
1963 x Held at Chelmsford Cathedral. 
1962 x x Prince Charles
Princess Anne
Princess Margaret
Lord Snowdon
Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
(1962 was the 10th Anniversary of Queen Accession)
1961x x Held at Rochester Cathedral.
1960
Queen Mum Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
Queen was absent due to Prince Andrew's recent birth.

1950s
Year Queen Philip Other Notes
1959x Queen Mum
Princess Margaret
Princess Anne
Held at at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor.
1958x
Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
1957x x Held at St Albans Abbey, in Hertfordshire.
First time Queen held the service outside London.
1956x x Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
1955x
Held at Southwark Cathedral, in London. 
1954Lord High Almoner officiated Held at Westminster Abbey, in London. Queen on Commonwealth Tour.
1953x x Held at St Paul's Cathedral, in London. 
1952x x Held at Westminster Abbey, in London.
Queen's 1st public engagements since her accession.

2 comments:

  1. The Queen's aunt died in 1965 so can not possibly have officiated at the 1970 Royal Maundy.

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    1. Thanks, I double checked. I mixed The Queen Mum's attendance in 1970 with Princess Mary's in 1964.

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