The Royal Maundy took place in Lincoln Cathedral on 20th April 2000.
"The Distribution of Alms and the washing of the feet on the Thursday of Holy Week are of great antiquity.
The Maundy can be traced back in England with certainty to the 12th century, and there are continuous records of the Distribution having been made on Maundy Thursday from the reign of King Edward I.
The Service derives its name from the Latin word mandatum, meaning a commandment, and its opening words are; 'Jesus said: "I give you a new commandment."'
From the 15th century the number of recipients has been related to the years of the Sovereign's life.
At one time recipients were required to be of the same sex as the Sovereign, but since the 18th century they have numbered as many men and women as the Sovereign has years of age.
Recipients are now pensioners selected because of the Christian service they have rendered to the Church and the community.
The Distribution is in two parts, and the gifts which are handed to the recipients are symbolic and highly prized.
The red purse contains an allowance for clothing and provisions formerly given in kind and a payment for the redemption of the royal gown.
The white purse contains in Maundy coin silver pennies, twopences, threepences and fourpences, as many pence as the Sovereign has years of age.
Maundy coins are legal tender, and when the United Kingdom changed to decimal currency in 1971, the face value of four coins became 10 new pence, instead of 10d in the old £sd system"
Extract from the order of service.
DB 20 April 2000