Wears It Well, Ma’am: Queen Elizabeth At Historic Royal Maundy Service [PHOTOS]

Today (March 28th), Queen Elizabeth attended the Royal Maundy service at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, England.  This is a tradition carried out by Her Majesty at Easter (Maundy Thursday, followed by Good Friday), and this year the monarch handed out Maundy money to 87 women and 87 men (the Queen turns 87 on April 21st).

Each person received two purses, one red and one white; A 5 GBP coin and 50 pence coin commemorating the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation in the red purse.

The white purse contains the uniquely minted Maundy Money. This takes the form of silver one, two, three and four penny pieces, the sum of which equals the number of years the Monarch’s age.

The tradition has been upheld since the fifteenth century, and is given out to the elderly. 

Yesterday, Stella McCartney received her OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the British fashion industry (McCartney designed Team GB’s 2012 Summer Olympics outfits).

Outside the palace, McCartney spoke to England’s Channel Five News (via Daily Mail) about her accolade.

She said to me ‘you, you seem very busy, very busy every time I see you’ and I said ‘oh well I’m not quite as busy as you, Ma’am.’

Then she said ‘well there always seems to be another fashion show or, you know, another fashion week’ but I said ‘yes, but my greatest honour was designing the kit for your nation for the Olympics,’ and she said ‘oh well it was very, very good.’

Would McCartney ever style the Queen?

“If she would have me, absolutely, I’d love to,” McCartney humbly answered.

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