Queen Elizabeth Turns 85 Today on Maundy Thursday!
Queen Elizabeth turns 85 today! But instead of receiving presents for herself, Elizabeth is passing out presents to others. For the first time, Maundy Thursday â€” the day marking Jesus' last supper â€” coincides with Elizabeth's birthday, and she traditionally passes out specials coins to the same number of men and women as her age.
Elizabeth passed out two coin purses to 85 men and 85 women during a ceremony at Westminster Abbey, NPR reports.
A red coin purse contained a 5 pound ($8) coin commemorating the 90th birthday of her husband, Prince Philip, and a 50 pence coin marking the 2012 London Olympic Games. The second coin purse, a white one, contained specially minted Maundy money with 1, 2, 3 and 4 pence pieces.
The ceremony reportedly served as a dry run for the big wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, coming up on April 29!
Happy 85th birthday, Queen Elizabeth!