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Maundy Money

The elderly of Westminster are the grinning beneficiaries of royal charity on Maundy Thursday.

Non-Fiction 1916 1 mins Silent


An exclusive peek at the Beefeaters, in full regalia, preparing to greet Queen Alexandra at Westminster Abbey. Newsreel companies like Topical Budget relied on a steady supply of predictable calendar customs and annual events; in this case, the provision of royal charity to the elderly on the day before Good Friday. Inevitably, there are no scenes of the service itself, but Topical does a great job of capturing the grinning pensioners, happy beneficiaries of this long-standing tradition.