Queen Elizabeth II turns 88

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II distributes the Maundy money during the Royal Maundy Service at Blackburn Cathedral, northwest England on April 17, 2014. Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. The Queen commemorates Maundy by offering 'alms' to senior citizens - retired pensioners recommended by clergy and ministers of all denominations, in recognition of service to the Church and to the local Community. During the Royal Maundy Service The Queen distributes the Maundy money to 88 men and 88 women one for each of The Queen's 88 years. (She turns 88 on April 21). Each recipient receives two purses, one red and one white.

( JACK HILL, AFP, Getty Images / April 17, 2014 )

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II distributes the Maundy money during the Royal Maundy Service at Blackburn Cathedral, northwest England on April 17, 2014. Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. The Queen commemorates Maundy by offering 'alms' to senior citizens - retired pensioners recommended by clergy and ministers of all denominations, in recognition of service to the Church and to the local Community. During the Royal Maundy Service The Queen distributes the Maundy money to 88 men and 88 women one for each of The Queen's 88 years. (She turns 88 on April 21). Each recipient receives two purses, one red and one white.

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