Queen set to visit Leicester in April

By Chloe Hewitt

The Queen is set to visit Leicester in April as part of Easter celebrations in her Sapphire Jubilee year.

Her Majesty last visited the city in March 2012, when she kicked off her Diamond Jubilee tour in Leicester which included a visit to De Montfort University where she opened the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre.

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This visit comes just after her son Prince Charles has paid a visit to the city, which saw him embrace the diversity of the renowned Narborough Road.

The Queen will be in attendance of the traditional Maundy Thursday ceremony with Prince Philip at Leicester Cathedral on 13th April.

Maundy Thursday is a religious service held the day before Good Friday, where the Queen distributes special Maundy money to local pensioners.

De Montfort University student Bethanie Piper said: “The Queen coming to visit the city is a true honour.

“I was not a student here when she came to visit back in 2012 so I hope I have the opportunity to see her, even if it is from afar.

“As a Christian as well, to have her here to mark Maundy Thursday means all the more to me personally.”

At the service Her Majesty will give out coins to 91 men and 91 women over the age of 70, which is the number equating to her age this year.

Recipients will be given two purses – one red, one white, with the white purse containing 91p in silver Maundy coins and the red containing the same amount in ordinary coinage money for food and clothing.

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