‘Witnessing the transition' Jennie Bond explains Queen’s decision to miss Maundy service


The royal expert, who appeared on Thursday’s instalment of GB News, claimed the monarch made the decision not to attend the service “days ago”. The event usually sees the Queen distribute special Maundy money to Britons in a service which commemorates Jesus Christ. A total of 96 people are attending this year’s service, but Jennie admitted “it’s too much” for the Queen as she is “a little bit weak”.

GB News host Anne Diamond asked Jennie to remind viewers what the Maundy service was and stated how the Queen had always attended in the past. 

Jennie explained: “It’s one of those events in the diary she likes to keep. She has actually missed it four times, twice because she was abroad and twice because she was pregnant. 

“It’s a service in which by tradition she hands out a little bouquet of flowers, but it’s more money, it’s a commemorative bunch of coins, most of which are collectable, and it’s the symbol of when Jesus Christ washed the various feet of disciples.

“It’s a community service so it is for members of the community who have done a good service who are invited along on this occasion to Windsor and the monarch greets each of them.” 

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Broadcaster Jennie thought the palace had been “very wise” by announcing events the Queen cannot make in advance. 

Anne interjected to say the monarch may be “reserving her energy” for her Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer to mark her historic 70-year reign on the thrown. 

Jennie agreed, adding: “This is the beginning of the royal season if you like, it starts with the Windsor Horse Show which is next month. 

“She could make that as she could be driven from the castle into the grounds and she could watch some of the events from the car.”


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