A PASTORAL chaplain and steward for St Asaph Cathedral is to receive Maundy Money from Her Majesty, The Queen.

Sue Last, a regular worshipper at the Cathedral and Chaplain at St Kentigern’s Hospice, will receive two small leather purses - one red and one white.

The red purse contains a small amount of ordinary coinage which symbolises the Sovereign's gift for food and clothing.

The second purse contains Maundy coins up to the value of the Sovereign's age

This year, the Royal Maundy Service will be held in St George’s Chapel on April 18. Ms Last will travel to the service with her son Andrew.

"It is an amazing honour to be nominated as a recipient of Maundy Money," said Ms Last.

"I have been to Windsor Castle as a tourist, but I’ve never been invited to attend a service in the Chapel.

“I’m looking forward to going with my son to the service and meeting Her Majesty.”

Mrs Last will be one of 93 people from across the UK selected to receive the silver coins in recognition of their service to the community.

The number of people chosen reflects the age of the Sovereign.

Maundy Money started in the reign of Charles II with an undated issue of hammered coins in 1662. The coins were a four penny, three penny, two penny and one penny piece but it was not until 1670 that a dated set of all four coins appeared.

Originally those receiving the money were poor but today recipients are chosen based on service to their community.

Have you, or do you know someone, that has also been nominated to receive Maundy Money? Get in touch. Email suzanne.kendrick@newsquest.co.uk