ROBERT HARDMAN: The Queen, 92, hard at work puts our holidaying MPs to shame

Mail Online | 4/18/2019 | Robert Hardman for the Daily Mail
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At least we still have one public servant determined to keep calm and carry on. With protesters shutting down the capital on a whim, the police in a dither and the political classes in hiding from a shambles of their own making, there isn’t much to make one want to leap like a spring lamb this weekend.

Yesterday, however, we had a very reassuring reminder that the ship of state is not quite on the rocks. There is, thankfully, someone we can still rely on up on the bridge.

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Dressed in bright daffodil yellow, a beaming Queen was clearly enjoying every moment of the annual Royal Maundy ceremony on a warm spring day at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Just three days short of her 93rd birthday, the message was clear: Business as usual.

For the best part of two hours, she was on her feet presenting the traditional purses of Maundy Money to nearly 200 public-spirited pensioners as she processed through St George’s Chapel.

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With no Prince Philip on hand, following his retirement from public duties, the Queen was accompanied by her granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, for whom this was a happy return to the church in which she was married six months ago.

Once the service was over, the Queen attended a reception for the many participants in one of the oldest royal ceremonies in existence.

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First held five years before King John signed the Magna Carta, the Royal Maundy service is as colourful as it is ancient. It brings out all sorts of exotic royal specimens for an annual appearance – not least the ‘Wandsmen’ and the ‘Children of the Royal Almonry’.

Many Palace veterans regard it as among the most enchanting fixtures in the calendar. It was not hard to see why yesterday.

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