Thursday 19 March 2015
Excitement is rising in Sheffield in anticipation of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to the city on Thursday 2 April.
The Queen is visiting Sheffield to distribute the Royal Maundy to 89 men and 89 women from across South Yorkshire, in a special service at Sheffield Cathedral.
The visit will be the first time the Royal Maundy service has taken place in Sheffield, and Her Majesty’s first visit to the city since she opened the University of Sheffield’s Motor Neurone Disease (MND) centre in November 2010.
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Peter Rippon, said: “I am sure that the people of Sheffield will give the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh a warm and enthusiastic Yorkshire welcome.
“This Royal visit – the Queen’s first visit to Sheffield since 2010 – will be a huge boost for the city and for Yorkshire.
“I look forward to welcoming the Royal party on what will be an undoubtedly significant occasion.”
On the morning of Thursday, 2 April, members of the public will be able to see the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh outside the Cathedral and along Fargate.
Following the service at Sheffield Cathedral, the Royal party will enjoy a civic lunch at Sheffield Town Hall.
It is traditional to give the Queen a gift at such events and, on this occasion, on arrival at Sheffield Town Hall she will be given a specially-commissioned silver ornament, depicting the skyline of Sheffield.
Road closures will be in place from 7am until 3pm, and safety barriers will be in place in the city centre, to ensure the safety of the thousands of people expected to turn out for this important state occasion.
There will also be some disruption to public transport from the start of service that day, and people are advised to check the website at http://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com for up-to-date travel information before setting out.
Maundy Thursday commemorates the day of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. The Royal Maundy Service used to take place in London, but early in her reign the Queen decided that the service should take place at a different venue every year.
Her Majesty has distributed Maundy on all but four occasions since coming to the throne in 1952. The last time the Queen distributed Maundy money in Yorkshire was when the service was held at York Minster in 2012. In 2013 the service was held at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, and last year it took place at Blackburn Cathedral.
Maundy money is specially struck by the Royal Mint for this service, and includes three pence pieces, which are legal tender.