OPINION: City proud of Royal visit

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What better way to begin the Easter period than with a visit by Her Majesty The Queen to Sheffield yesterday.

Every year on Maundy Thursday the Queen presents Maundy money to pensioners in recognition of service to their community and church.

This year the Queen distributed Maundy money to 89 men and 89 women at Sheffield Cathedral – one for each of her 89 years. Each recipient got a red purse and a white purse.

It was a tremendous honour for everyone involved and a fantastic occasion for the city.

The Queen is hugely popular and the crowds which flocked to the area outside the cathedral and the Town Hall couldn’t have been more happy to capture a glimpse of Her Majesty.

Crowds were a dozen deep in places around Sheffield Cathedral, with people clambering on to walls, railings and bins in an attempt to get the best view. The crowds were full of families and many grandparents brought their grandchildren to witness the event.

Every time the Queen visits our area it is a special and memorable occasion.

Yesterday’s event went ahead without any problems and displayed the city and its people at their very best.