Derby - Maundy Thursday
w/e 04 April 2010
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Royal Standard

Here's something you don't see very often, the Royal Standard flying from the top of Derby Cathedral to signify the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Cathedral Centre

I had joined hundreds of other people on Maundy Thursday, April 2nd 2010, to welcome the Queen to Derby where she was to distribute Maundy money to 84 men and 84 women in a ceremony that dates back 800 years and symbolises Jesus washing His disciples' feet. Some of the assembled crowd obviously had better vantage points than the majority and at this point it was still not clear whether I would be able to get any reasonable photos. One thing I noticed here though, since our last visit for the Heritage Walk, was that the Cathedral Centre had been treated to a fresh coat of paint and the previous maroon colour had been replaced by royal blue.
Welcoming Party

A murmur went round the crowd as the Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern and the Acting Dean, Canon Elaine Jones came out of the Cathedral and a line of official looking cars approached with police outriders.
First Glimpse

With people gently jostling for position it was a case of holding the camera at arms length as high as possible and pressing the button and it wasn't until I checked the results that I got a first glimpse of the Queen. For a while I thought that was going to be the best I could get but the Queen quickly entered the Cathedral and the crowd started to thin allowing me to edge closer to the front.
Yeomen Of The Guard

The service took about an hour during which time the 168 recipients of the Maundy money received their gifts from the Queen. In other ceremonial duties the recipient of any award approaches the monarch but in the Maundy service, although stopping short of washing their feet, the Queen actually approached each of the 168, one man and one woman for each year of the Queen's age. During the service the barriers outside were repositioned closer to the entrance and the crowd allowed to move forward and as the time approached for the Queen to leave, the Yeomen of the Guard, or Beefeaters as they are commonly known, positioned themselves outside the entrance.
Presentation Of Flowers

The police who must be complimented on their handling of the whole occasion asked for any children with flowers for the Queen to come forward and they were positioned inside the barriers to present their various posies, bunches and bouquets of flowers.
Smiling For The Cameras

Amateur photographers like myself and professionals too had to contend with TV crews in order to get the shot they wanted and it was difficult to jostle for position jammed in among the crowd, but the Queen had a smile for everyone as she greeted and spoke to people close to the front of the barriers.
The Queen & Prince Philip

But eventually patience paid off and I was able to capture this image not only of Her Majesty in her duck-egg blue outfit with a matching hat rimmed in black and a diamond brooch on her shoulder but also the Duke of Edinburgh who seemed really at ease as he chatted with the children. The wait had been well worthwhile and from here the Royal party headed for lunch and then off for the Queen to unveil a plaque and officially open the new Royal Derby Hospital.

The following day there was the annual Christian Witness through Ilkestom which consisted of a silent procession with dramatic scenes titled "Crime Scene?"

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